boat of a car

HSS

Senior Member
Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
Hi, how are you?

Just wondering ... what is the subtlety of the expression 'boat of a car'? Here it's fronted with 'hulking' so it must mean 'his father's large car.' But how is it different from 'his father's hulking car'?
They were true to their word; on a snowy night Jack borrowed his father's hulking boat of a car and we drove to Main Street and there were the albums with the black-and-white portrait of the four young men on the cover. ('And You Know You Should Be Glad' by Bob Greene)
Hiro
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    His car is hulking (large) and his car like a boat in some way. This is not a good quality in a car; it suggests that the car is large, difficult to steer, and slow.
     

    HSS

    Senior Member
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    Hello, Cagey. Could you say something like
    We are driving a large boat of a car to the movies tonight. It should easily seat six people.
    ?

    Hiro
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    You could. We don't usually use "boat" simply to say that a car is big. The comparison should include other things associated with a boat as well.
     
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