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    gangly retreat

    Dear teachers,

    I wondr about the meaning of this expression, which I found in the following excerpt from a National Geographic article:

    "Undoubtedly, one of the quirkiest sights in nature is the gangly retreat of an Australian frilled lizard".

    What does "gangly retreat" exactly refer to?

    Thank you in advance,

    Giuly

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    Re: gangly retreat

    Quote Originally Posted by giuly90 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I wondr about the meaning of this expression, which I found in the following excerpt from a National Geographic article:

    "Undoubtedly, one of the quirkiest sights in nature is the gangly retreat of an Australian frilled lizard".

    What does "gangly retreat" exactly refer to?

    Thank you in advance,

    Giuly

    In cases like this, look for synonyms. For example, the word "rangy" also means mobility, to wander or roam. That fits in for some meaning.

    Just a suggestion.


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    Re: gangly retreat

    Quote Originally Posted by isedehi View Post
    In cases like this, look for synonyms. For example, the word "rangy" also means mobility, to wander or roam. That fits in for some meaning.

    Just a suggestion.
    What is the association with "rangy"?

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    Re: gangly retreat

    Quote Originally Posted by giuly90 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I wondr about the meaning of this expression, which I found in the following excerpt from a National Geographic article:

    "Undoubtedly, one of the quirkiest sights in nature is the gangly retreat of an Australian frilled lizard".

    What does "gangly retreat" exactly refer to?

    Thank you in advance,

    Giuly
    Have a look at this link: Definition of gangly adjective from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus


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    Re: gangly retreat

    I read it as well as other definition, but ddidn't manage to understand the meaning of the expression

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    Re: gangly retreat

    The awkward (gangly) movements of this lizard as it runs away (as it retreats).
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: gangly retreat

    Quote Originally Posted by giuly90 View Post
    I read it as well as other definition, but ddidn't manage to understand the meaning of the expression
    Did you note this part of the definition? "...very tall and thin and moves awkwardly" the lizard retreats (runs away) in a gangly fashion (on its hind legs, looking very thin and awkward).

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