Could you hellp me with the following.
What does it mean when we say somebody is a tall drink of water?
Is this an idiom?
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It means a large glass (a tall one).
But this is said of a woman. Somebody used to call her a tall drink of water. She was a tall woman, so maybe this has something to do with it.
I wonder whether it is an idiom?
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Not in reference to people, no, I suppose they were being 'creative'. Someone can be a 'breath of fresh air' idiomatically, but not a glass of water. What is the whole section of text?
Wild guess: 'hot'?

A large glass of water at meal times is said to satisfy one's craving for food.

Alternatively she could be cold - to pour cold water on something, icy..
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She could be depressingly non-exotic, in comparison to champagne or such

Tall drink is a mixed drink served in a tall glass, and I guess as she is a tall drink of water not mixed with anythig else, it might mean that she is a tall blunt lady.

This is the context:
Sara was what Jeffrey's father liked to call a tall drink of water. Jeffrey had been attracted to Sara because of her strong will, her fierce independence. He liked her aloofness and the way she talked down to his football buddies. He liked the way her mind worked and the fact that he could talk about every aspect of his job and know she would understand. He liked that she couldn't cook and that she could sleep through a hurricane. He liked that she was a horrible house cleaner and that her feet were so big she could wear his shoes. What he really liked was that she knew all these things about herself and was actually proud of them.
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