tall


tall
adjective
1 a person, building, tree etc that is tall has a greater than average height: 6 ft/2 metres etc tall: I'm only five feet tall.
—see high 1
2 AmE a tall drink has a small amount of alcohol mixed with a large amount of a non-alcoholic drink and is served in a tall glass
3 be a tall order informal if a request or piece of work is a tall order, it will be almost impossible for you to do: Fixed by Monday? That's a tall order.
4 tall story BrE, tall tale AmE a story that is difficult to believe, because it makes events seem more exciting, dangerous etc than they really were: Jim was full of tall stories about his travels.
—see also: stand tall stand 1 (32), walk tall walk 1 (9) — tallness noun (U)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

Synonyms:
(in stature), , ,


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