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    not to be able to hit a barn-door

    Dear teachers,

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

    "That’s one of these gun-women," he said, keeping back out of sight. “Shucks, Toy," somebody said, she is just a girl. She couldn’t hit a barn-door.” (E. Caldwell, “Jackpot”, “The Shooting”)

    not to be able to hit a barn-door = a poor marksman, miss the mark from two steps

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: not to be able to hit a barn-door

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

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

    "That’s one of these gun-women," he said, keeping back out of sight. “Shucks, Toy," somebody said, she is just a girl. She couldn’t hit a barn-door.” (E. Caldwell, “Jackpot”, “The Shooting”)

    not to be able to hit a barn-door = a poor marksman, miss the mark from two steps

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    Yes, that's right.

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