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Kaiapó

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Portuguese
Hi everyone

"Harper would lie on his stomach in the long grass that made his head feel ripe in summer, and use a bit of..."

Does that mean just "feel good" or is it an idiomatic expression?

Thanks for your time

K
 
  • Chris K

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    English / US
    I think it's a metaphorical expression rather than an established idiom. The idea is presumably that lying in the long grass makes him feel good, satisfied, comfortable with who he is. As Cyberpedant suggests, more context might make it clearer.
     

    Kaiapó

    Senior Member
    Portuguese
    I think you caught the sense of it, Chris K. I had not notice it. This comes from The Shining Girls, by L. Beukes.
    Really, I don't think that any more context would help since the sentence is quite aleatory.

    Thank you both

    K
     

    velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    I'm pretty sure he suffered from hay-fever. If you have a "ripe cold" you have a very runny nose, and nasal congestion.
     
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    Kaiapó

    Senior Member
    Portuguese
    Velisarius, You were right. Just confirmed with the author, feeling sloshy and swollen, thta's how he was feeling.Thank you once more.K
     
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