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A flying veil of snow lashed the Pondicherry Bowling Lanes

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jacdac, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    Lebanese
    Outside, the wind gusted to a low shriek that seemed to rock the small building on its foundations. A flying veil of snow lashed the Pondicherry Bowling Lanes across the street.
    Source: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

    What does the lexical cluster mean? Is it a creative way to say the lanes across the street were covered with snow?

    lash down (of rain): fall very heavily • torrential rain was lashing down.

    Thank you.
     
  2. exgerman Senior Member

    NYC
    English but my first language was German
    The heavy snow is being driven by the wind (just as happens with rain).

    It can happen that a gust of wind will drive snow almost into a solid, and it can then slap the side of a building.
     

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