"put something across something"

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Bangkok - Thai
From the British novel "Follow You Home" by Mark Edwards.


Situation: The girl looked for a weapon in the crate.

"She took the lid from the crates. It was stout, made of three strips of wood running lengthways with a single, shorter strip holding them together. Dropping it to the floor, she put her boot across two of the strips and pulled at the third. The strip of wood broke free, She hefted it."


In the series of actions, i'm kind of confused to think along, to make a picture in my head.

This is the lid as the writer said (am I right?)

So, she dropped it on the floor and.... what is "put her boot across two of the strips and pulled at the third."?
I assume she tried to unpack the strips of wood for use it as a weapon. But still I don't know that phrase mean.
Could someone explain it to me clearly?

Thank you very much.
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  • suzi br

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    English / England
    I think you have the right idea. Imagine if the red strip was on the underside, then she could tread on two of the others at the same time in order to keep it all steady as she tried to rip the third one free.

    edit to add: cross posted with copyright's awesome coloured in answer! You can see we are saying the same thing.
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