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NASA will launch a balloon the size of a football stadium into the stratosphere
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/24/nasa-launch-asthros-football-stadium-sized-balloon-stratosphere/5501605002/

Rewilding Britain: the plan to restore an area the size of Manchester
https://www.positive.news/environment/the-plan-to-rewild-an-area-the-size-of-manchester/

Meaning of the both sentences above are clear, but is this sentence structure just common? If so, can I use the same sentence structure to describe something else like shape, length, color and so on?

For example, is my sentence below OK?

"Daddy, look at that!" Shouted my little daughter, pointing her finger up in the sky. There was a big cloud the shape of Mickey Mouse.

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  • Yes, you can. The use of such phrases is idiomatic. Jul 27 '20 at 9:31
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I found the answer here.

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/noun-the-size-of.3561160/

The whole phrase "the size of ___" together works like an adjective, meaning "large" in these cases, although it could have been "small" with a different comparison like "a spider the size of a grain of salt" or "area of forest the size of my house". Other phrases for the same meaning are "the same size as {object}" and "as large/small as {object}". Another description with a different meaning but a similar structure (comparing one noun to another) is "a bird the color of strawberries".

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