a bit on one side

evergreen.soll

Senior Member
portuguese
Hi, what does the underlined part mean in here?
"..asked Grandma Winthrop, staring at Carl as she rocked, her lips held
tightly together, her beaky nose a bit on one side." (Good Housekeeping, Volume 82)
 
  • Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    Her head is turned slightly to one side - her head is not completely vertical and not facing straight forwards.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Quite. I don't think many people could turn their nose to one side without moving their whole face. Unless, of course, her nose was always like that?
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    Given the limited context - lips held tightly together (in disapproval?) - it seems more likely to be her posture rather than a bent nose.
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    Is that a serious comment, Barque? Most people have their noses on their faces. The things on the sides of their heads are ears.
     

    Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    Well, the front is also a side, isn't it?

    I should have typed a smiley, to indicate that my tongue was...a bit to one side of my mouth.:)
     
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