stuck on the spike

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jacdac, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    Lebanese
    He looked around the kitchen again. Neat and tidy. Two of Charlie’s drawings, made at the Vacation Bible School she had attended in July, held on the refrigerator with small plastic vegetables that had magnetic bases. An electric bill and a phone bill stuck on the spike with the motto PAY THESE LAST written across the base. Everything in its place and a place for everything.
    Source: Firestarter by Stephen King

    What does spike refer to in the kitchen? Is it normally used to hand dish towels?

    Thank you.
     
  2. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    It's just a sharp metal spike used to hold papers in place. I suspect that few people today have one in their kitchen.
     
  3. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
  4. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    To stick has two meaning:
    The mud has stuck to the hat - to adhere
    He stuck the pin into the ball -> to penetrate

    A phone bill stuck on the spike -> a phone bill had been penetrated by the spike
     
  5. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    Lebanese
    Thank you.
     

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