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I lived in the south and also heard this phrase to describe a tall good looking person but would like to know where it originated from. Thank you. There are many variations on the saying and many interpretations of what it means. I've always heard it as "A tall drink of water" and taken it to mean a tall, slender person. It could be a female or a male, and not necessarily attractive. Google comes up with variations like long drink of water, tall glass of water, long, tall glass or drink, with some people only applying it to women, or some only to men.
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It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! What's the etymology of "Tall Drink of Water"? I don't know, but I've heard it used to describe men, too. I've heard it more in the context of describing men than women. This doesn't answer your question, but following from this AskMe question from today , this Yahoo answer is hilarious. As is this thread.