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Interviewer: Are you a vegetarian?

Interviewee: Yes. But I eat chicken. <laughs>That's a little meat.

I'm quite sure the interviewee means it literally when she says "That's a little meat", but don't see how it fits.

My best guess would be she only takes chicken so relatively she eats less meat than any non-vegetarian. You could interpret it as chickens have less meat than cows or goats or pigs.

Any ideas?
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New2grammarInterviewer: Are you a vegetarian?

Interviewee: Yes. But I eat chicken. <laughs>That's a little meat.

I'm quite sure the interviewee means it literally when she says "That's a little meat", but don't see how it fits.

My best guess would be she only takes chicken so relatively she eats less meat than any non-vegetarian. You could interpret it as chickens have less meat than cows or goats or pigs.

Any ideas?
I would not interpret it as you suggest.

If someone said this to me I would assume that they have no idea what a vegetarian is or that they are claiming to be a vegetarian as some kind of status symbol but without actually practicing vegetarianism. In either case I'm afraid I would not be inclined to take such person very seriously.
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Hi,

When she says, "That's a little meat", she just means "That is a little ( ie a small) amount of meat".

Best wishes, Clive