began swimming off down the short leg of the L leaving a V of ripples behind

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  1. Vanloon

    Vanloon Senior Member

    Hindi
    http://scotland.k12.mo.us/view/637.pdf
    Hatchet...

    Directly across the lake from it, at the inside corner of the L, was a mound of sticks and mud rising up out of the water a good eight or ten feet. At first Brian couldn't place it but knew that he somehow knew what it was—had seen it in films. Then a small brown head popped to the surface of the water near the mound and began swimming off down the short leg of the L leaving a V of ripples behind and he remembered where he'd seen it.

    Q: Could you paraphrase this red phrase please?
    q.v.
    #1. The lake looks like "L" shapes...
    #2. It was a beaver house.

    Q: 'q.v.' is the right expression here? Thanks in advance!
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2018
  2. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - England
    When a beaver swims, it leaves ripples behind it in the form of a V.

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