<court that was grown up> with weed

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park sang joon

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This novel is set in a Chinese village before World War One.
Today is the protagonist Wang Lung's wedding day.
He is about to go home from so big a house with his bride-to-be, who was a maid at the big house.

Then she led the way through a small unused court that was grown up with weed, its pool choked, and there under a bent tree was an old roung gate that she pulled loose from its bar, and they went through and into the street.
<The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck>
I'd like to know what "weed grew up a court" or "something grew up a court with weed" means.
Thank you in advance for your help.
  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The court was grown up with weed. I think the idea is that the court had a lot of weeds in it, that had grown high or had grown over a period (up). Or maybe the court seemed mature (grown up) because of the weeds now in it.

    I suppose the author is making a new expression on the pattern of the adjective "grown up" = adult, mature.

    This usage is elliptical and unusual (possibly invented by this author) and I would not recommend adding it to your active vocabulary unless you are writing poetry or experimental literature.
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