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bowling every one out of the way

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sami33, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. sami33

    sami33 Senior Member


    Please I don't understand the meaning of the green expression in this context

    The occasion rested heavily upon Marija's broad shoulder's--it was her task to see that all things went in due form, and after the best home traditions; and, flying wildly hither and thither, bowling every one out of the way, and scolding and exhorting all day with her tremendous voice, Marija was too eager to see that others conformed to the proprieties to consider them herself.

    Source:"The Jungle" by "Upton Sinclair"

  2. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    Marija was apparently moving swiftly through a crowd, forcefully thrusting people aside, much as a bowling ball moves through the cluster of pins, knocking them away.

    P.S.: Did the original really say "shoulder's" in the first line of the paragraph? It should have been plural, shoulders, not a possessive.
  3. pops91710

    pops91710 Senior Member

    Chino, California
    English, AE
    Bowling- a game played by rolling a large, heavy ball down a smooth floor (called a lane) towards a set of pins in order to knock down as many pins as possible.

    She moved through the room like a bowling ball and pins. ◄ click here.
  4. sami33

    sami33 Senior Member

    Sorry Parla.You're right: It's shoulders not shoulder's. Thanks to you and to pops91710 too

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