AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7082 posts, RR: 34 Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1407 times:
I just heard in a movie someone call someone else "thin blooded" and that person got pretty offended. What does calling someone "thin blooded", or having "thin blood" mean? My English is good but this idioms sometimes I just have never heard them. Appreciate it,
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7082 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1354 times:
Ok, I'll try to be more specific on the context. With my apologies if I'm boring people. It is a 2004 movie where a sort of dysfunctional family sits to have dinner. One adult son gets up to get aspirin because it "thins the blood" and he is told by the adult brother "your blood can't get any thinner, this family is all thin blooded" so then, everybody starts arguing, end of story.
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1343 times:
Thin blood can also be used to mean that the ancestry is "thin" on desirable ancestors, i.e. low breeding. Essentially a way to say your ancestors were of low class or to make a racist remark in a not so blatant but equally offensive when all is said and done manner.
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1336 times:
The expression "Blood is thicker than water" may shed some light on this. That expression is meant to imply that families and relatives should be tight-knit. Perhaps they mean that if someone is thin-blooded, they do not stand up for other family members.