A ghost of a breeze riffled up the street, shuffling scraps of paper

jacdac

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Lebanese
A ghost of a breeze riffled up the street, shuffling scraps of paper and making the old elms move on the courthouse lawn three blocks farther down.
Source: The Stand by Stephen King
Context: August in Boulder.

A ghost of breeze = a slight trace of breeze, right?

Other words I also glossed:
riffle: disturb the surface of, ruffle.
shuffle: move around as to be in a different order

Thank you.
 
  • natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Yes, a metaphor is employed here, linked with the preposition of. In other words, the ghost is a metaphor for the breeze.

    A breeze is a light wind, just like a ghost is a faint appearance of an object.
     
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