tall in the saddle

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Adjective[edit]

tall in the saddle

  1. (idiomatic, of a person) Imposing, impressive; resolute; manly.
    • 1966 Aug. 12, "The Graven Image," Time:
      He is tall in the saddle (6 ft. 2 in.) and so adamantine that Jennifer Jones broke her hand slapping his face.

Adverb[edit]

tall in the saddle

  1. (idiomatic, of a person) Imposingly, impressively; resolutely; manfully.
    • 2008 Feb. 27, "Conservative Author Buckley Dead at 82," Associated Press:
      His son noted Buckley had died "with his boots on, after a lifetime of riding pretty tall in the saddle."

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