bowling every one out of the way


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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"

  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    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.
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