Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
Starkie had a sore throat and it was nowhere.
be nowhere = donít fall among the finalists
Thanks for your efforts.
That makes no sense. To "come nowhere" in a competition means to come so far down that you may as well not have bothered! But in your sentence, I have no idea what "it" refers to. If it refers to his sore throat, then I don't understand. A sore throat can't be nowhere!
As a matter of fact here is the original of the problematic for you sentence.
Starkiehadasorethroatandwasnowhere. Roberts, of Fale-by-the-Water, ran third. Good old G. Hayward!' said Bingo affectionately, and we strolled out on to the terrace.
The dropping of the damned "it" that existed in my initial sentence must obliterate your faces broadened into a grin through my carelessness to admit that peccadillo, provoked your appetite to poke fun at a defenseless victim.
The detail context you may see alone in Wodehouse's "The Inimitable Jeeves"