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Like weeds

Post by Stevenloan » Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:38 pm

Granddaughter: Hi Gran, I haven't seen you in ages. How have you been?
Grandmother: Oh! Look at you. You've grown like weeds.

- Hi guys! According to an online dictionary, "grow like a weed" means "grow very quickly" chiefly US, informal. What version is chiefly UK and chiefly Canada?

Thanks so much!

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Re: Like weeds

Post by Phil White » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:42 pm

In the UK, we don't really use "grow like weeds" to refer to kids growing fast, although we would understand it if someone used it that way.

We would sometimes use "grow like a weed" to refer to a cultivated plant (which you want in your garden) that spreads very quickly and is difficult to get rid of when you don't want it any more: "Montbretia can be very pretty, but it grows like a weed". In other words, the meaning is pretty literal.
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Re: Like weeds

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:25 pm

Phil White : Thanks so much for your answer.

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