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    legs stretched awkwardly out and legs stuck out

    Hello Teacher,

    I am reading A Child's Play - an W. Trevor story. A couple divorced and every weekend the son visited his father. The kid noticed differences in his father.
    Below are what the kid described his father after divorced.
    'He was more serious. He didnít spread himself about in the sitting-room the way he used to, his legs stretched awkwardly out so that people fell over them.'

    Then after a while, his father got new girlfriend and the kid described him as below:
    'A week ago Gerard said his father had reverted to something like his old self, his legs stuck out while he read the newspaper'

    Please could someone explain to me what is ​legs stretched awkwardly out and legs stuck out. How does it looks like. thanks.

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    Re: legs stretched awkwardly out and legs stuck out

    As an NES but not a teacher, I would take it to mean that, instead of keeping his heels close to the front of the chair, he stretched them out in front of him, probably crossed at the ankles, in places where someone could easily trip over them.

    Hope this helps.
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    Last edited by Route21; 04-May-2013 at 10:46. Reason: PS: Small input screen, large on-screen keyboard. Can't see the overall picture!

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    Re: legs stretched awkwardly out and legs stuck out

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    As an NES but not a teacher, I would take it to mean that, instead of keeping his heels close to the front of the chair, he stretched them out in front of him, probably crossed at the ankles, in plsces where someone could easily trip overtgem.

    Hope this helps.
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    Thanks Route. What about his legs stuck out while he read the newspaper? I guess it means put one leg on top of another leg so it does not take much space.
    Last edited by Quang Hai; 04-May-2013 at 10:12.

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    Re: legs stretched awkwardly out and legs stuck out

    not a teacher

    legs stretched out
    legs stuck out

    As route21 says, both expressions simply describe the legs being extended out in front of the sitter and away from the chair. There is no indication as to whether the legs are crossed or not, although it is common to cross the legs when doing this.

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