came sailing past her...

Discussion in 'English Only' started by perikita, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. perikita Senior Member

    Hi guys, I would like to know if somebody can help me with this expression

    Mrs. Bixby went out closing the door loudly behind her. At that exact moment, Miss Pulteney, her husband's assistant, came sailing past her on her way to lunch and greeted Mrs. Bixby, smiling brightly. She walked in a very proud and confident way, and she looked like a queen, exactly like a queen in the beautiful black mink coat that the Colonel had given to Mrs. Bixby.

    Is it similar to: came past her with pride ?

    Is it an expression?

    Thank you so much for any help.
  2. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    Sailing might describe someone moving gracefully and with aplomb, perhaps rapidly but not in a hurry.
  3. perikita Senior Member

    So it is not an expression.

    Then, came past her means that as Miss Pulteney was leaving to have her lunch she pass next to Mrs. Bixby?

    I'm a little confused in that part :(
  4. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    English (England)
    Yes - it is an expression. It does mean that she passed by next to her - in the busy manner that Bibilept described.
  5. perikita Senior Member

    Ok, I understand.

    Thanks so much :)

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