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    hit the ties/count the ties

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    It was up to me to hit the ties to Wadsworth, and hit them I did… (J.London “The Road”,”Hobos that pass in the night”)

    hit the ties = count the ties = go on foot on railway

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: hit the ties/count the ties

    '...walk along the railway line...'

    AE - railroad ties; BE - railway sleepers: those wooden planks or concrete blocks which support railway lines and keep them the right distance apart.


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