Senior Member
Hello wr!
I'm not sure about the meaning of the word in the following sentence.

It is a documentary on the production of cheese curd and the speaker says:

"Further down the line the cheese is inspected to make sure that any ‘runts’ are removed from the production line."

The inverted comma are in the original script, since it definitely doesn't refer to puppies, do you think it can be a methafor for tiny?

Thank you in advance
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Yes, small pups in the litter who are unlikely to survive - but metaphorically, so replace 'pups' with 'cheeses'. :) The quotation marks in the original mean we don't normally use the word this widely.
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