a gully that ran the length of the stable

jacdac

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It was the blood from the gaping wound that had once been his throat. It had flooded down both sides of his face, and drained into a gully that ran the length of the stable.’ There was another sob, this time a full-blown heartrending cry. ‘Some bastard had taken a little kid and done that to him! Some sick bastard had bled him like an animal being sacrificed!’
Source: Beware The Past by Joy Ellis
Context: The investigation team at Fenfleet police station is listening to the tape recording of an old case of gruesome murder. The orator is a policeman who discovered the crime scene of a little kid in an outbuilding of a farm cottage.

I understand that gully refers to the external channel formation as in below exhibit A:

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Exhibit A: gully

However, in a stable, is gully the right term?

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Exhibit B: street gutter.

Would a construction inside a house stable similar to exhibit B called a gully? What would you call it?

Thank you.
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Judging by the depth and width and rounded sides, I'd call that a gutter. Something like that in stables would be useless.

    Also, gullies (both natural ones and the extended meaning ones) tend to have steep/vertical sides.
     

    Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It was the blood from the gaping wound that had once been his throat. It had flooded down both sides of his face, and drained into a gully that ran the length of the stable.’ There was another sob, this time a full-blown heartrending cry. ‘Some bastard had taken a little kid and done that to him! Some sick bastard had bled him like an animal being sacrificed!’
    Source: Beware The Past by Joy Ellis
    Context: The investigation team at Fenfleet police station is listening to the tape recording of an old case of gruesome murder. The orator is a policeman who discovered the crime scene of a little kid in an outbuilding of a farm cottage.

    I understand that gully refers to the external channel formation as in below exhibit A:

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    Exhibit A: gully

    However, in a stable, is gully the right term?

    View attachment 26469
    Exhibit B: street gutter.

    Would a construction inside a house stable similar to exhibit B called a gully? What would you call it?

    Thank you.
    I'd call it a gutter or a drain. I find the word gully inappropriate here.
     

    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    For me too, a gully is only the natural feature, a small valley. But I am aware that houses have a piece of plumbing called a gully trap, so I'm not surprised that 'gully' is also a technical term for something in plumbing. However, I don't know the word. The everyday words are drain and gutter.
     
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