a flank of rubber

Sasha Ivanov

Senior Member
Russian
So we ambled back to our stray, grabbing at whatever we found along the shoulder and tossing it into the trees. If something-a rock, a flank of rubber-landed without making a sound, we erupted into cheers.
(We the Animals, Justin Torres)

What is a flank of rubber?
 
  • Sasha Ivanov

    Senior Member
    Russian
    It was a stray cat, they were walking along a road, going from a gas station where they had bought milk for the cat, to the Dumpster where she lived. I think it's a highway, and it has lines of trees alongside.
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Thanks. :thumbsup:

    A flank, in this sense is a sheet of some material like rubber or soft plastic - I assume it would be a part of bumper or mudguard from a car or lorry and was there as a result of its falling off after an accident.

    This is an extended use (uncommon in BE) of the first defintion in https://www.wordreference.com/definition/flank
     
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