a cold line up his back

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jacdac, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    Lebanese
    But as he stood there, looking across the street at two men coming out of the Red Apple with a six-pack apiece, he suddenly did know something, remembered something that drew a cold line up his back.
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    His nerves suggested strongly that it did –the cold line up his back had both widened and deepened.
    Source: Insomnia by Stephen King

    Did the character actually feel a cold line up his back or is it a metaphor? would it be correct to gloss that bolded clause is almost equivalent to ‘his spine shivered’?

    Thank you.
     
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    It would. :thumbsup:
     
  3. lingobingo

    lingobingo Senior Member

    London
    English - England

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