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Dear all
What’s meant by “His shoulders bulged against the low ceiling... ” In the following context from “ManhattanTransfer” by Dos Passos:
A big towheaded boy with lumpy shoulders and a square red face and thickset neck lurched into the room.
“What the hell do you think this is?”…
“Well what about it?” Mike stood swaying with his chin on his chest. His shoulders bulged against the low ceiling of the kitchen.
  • VicNicSor

    He lowered/put his chin on the chest, but his shoulders, on the contrary, protruded towards the ceiling. This picture, coupled with the LOW ceiling, gave the appearance of "His shoulders bulged against the low ceiling".
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