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    I am looking for the meaning of the word "shotlike." I don't know why I could not find in some dictionaries. Is this word too old? The sentence I found the word is as below.

    On his wife's clothesline, strung up between the two sugar pines, sheets and blankets popped shotlike in the wind.

    Does "shotlike" probably mean a picture like?

    Thank you,

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    Re: shotlike

    I don't think 'shotlike' has anything to do with the visual aspect of the scene. To me, it refers to the sound made by the sheets and blankets flapping in the gusts of wind and making sounds resembling a shot (like that of a gun.) A hyphenated spelling 'shot-like' would be less ambiguous and more self-explanatory.

    Just an educated guess.

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    Re: shotlike

    Thank you, Tomasz.

    Your educated guess makes a lot of sense!

    Do mo Arigato ("Thank you" in Japanese)

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