broad in the beam

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broad in the beam

  1. (nautical, of a ship) Wide across the hull.
    • 1890, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of the Four, ch. 8:
      "Ah! She's not that old green launch with a yellow line, very broad in the beam?"
  2. (idiomatic, of a person, especially a female) Wide across the hips, with large buttocks.
    • 1905, Robert Louis Stevenson, Island Nights' Entertainments, "The Beach of Falesa", ch. 1:
      [T]he women of Falesa are a handsome lot to see. If they have a fault, they are a trifle broad in the beam.

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