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    vil is offline VIP Member
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    narrow pea-stick figure

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me a leg up with the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Instead of which she had a narrow pea-stick figure; a ridiculous little face, beaked like a bird's.

    pea-stick figure = rawboned figure

    rawboned = having little flesh on the bones; gaunt; relatively thin with prominent bone structure; also heavy-framed and rugged but not attractively built; having a bony or gaunt physique

    gaunt = thin and bony

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: narrow pea-stick figure

    It's not an expression I have come across, but it sounds similar to bean-pole, used for people who are very skinny.

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