Posted by R. Berg on January 28, 2005
In Reply to: About the size of it posted by ESC on January 28, 2005
: : : Hallo,
: : : This is my first post to this forum.I find this forum very inteesting.
: : : What does this phrase "that's about the size of it" mean. I heard it sometime during my stay in England
: : : Thanks
: : This reminds me of the Sesame Street song, which says, in part...
: : Oh everything comes in its own special size
: : I guess it can be measured by where you put your eyes
: : It looks big when you're close
: : And it looks smaller back a bit
: : That's about the size of it...
: : That's about the size
: : It's where you put your eyes
: : That's about the size of it.
: ABOUT THE SIZE OF IT -- How matters stand, approximately the facts of the case. From "Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable" revised by Adrian Room (HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 1999, Sixteenth Edition).
"That's about the size of it" is a way of agreeing with what the previous speaker said, recently shoved off its traditional perch by "You got that right."