Posted by ESC on February 04, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Between the raindrops posted by Marian on February 04, 2002
: : : : I recently overheard someone use the phrase "here was a guy who could walk between the raindrops" to describe someone. What exactly does it mean, and is it common in some region?
: : : I don't know if it's regional. I think it means the guy is really, really skinny.
: : Or it could mean he's very graceful.
: I always thought it meant he had some sort of divine protection. Kind of like saying he could walk on water.
There are several entries for "skinny" in "This Dog'll Hunt: An Entertaining Texas Dictionary" by Wallace O. Chariton (Wordware Publishing, Piano, Texas, 1989, 1990). One is: "He's so skinny he would have to run around in a shower to get wet." Kind of similar to the phrase in question. I guess reading the phrase in context would help determine whether the guy was skinny, divine or graceful.