Broad in the beam

What does "Broad in the beam" mean?

Today it means: Large backside or rear end.

Today its used as a derogatory term when talking about someone's backside but it comes from the nautical world. The beam of a ship is its width and usually refers the widest part. If a ship is "broad in the beam" or "beamy" then its wide and possible quite slow. Not slim, sleek or fast.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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