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    #1

    all white, you know, and _straggling_,

    ‘The firm has got a big estate two miles from the town, just outside the village of San Lorenzo, and it’s got a fine house on it. It’s on the crest of a hill, rather pretty to look at, all white, you know, and straggling, with a couple of storks perched on the roof. No one lived there, and I thought it would save the rent of a place in town if I did.’
    (W.S. Maugham; A Man From Glasgow)

    What does 'straggling' mean here? Does it mean 'solitary'?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by suprunp; 22-Feb-2012 at 08:49. Reason: typo

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    #2

    Re: all white, you know, and _straggling_,

    Quick definitions from WordNet (straggling)

    adjective: spreading out carelessly (as if wandering) in different directions

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    #3

    Re: all white, you know, and _straggling_,

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    ‘The firm has got a big estate two miles from the town, just outside the village of San Lorenzo, and it’s got a fine house on it. It’s on the crest of a hill, rather pretty to look at, all white, you know, and straggling, with a couple of storks perched on the roof. No one lived there, and I thought it would save the rent of a place in town if I did.’
    (W.S. Maugham; A Man From Glasgow)

    What does 'straggling' mean here? Does it mean 'solitary'?

    Thanks.
    From the context, I think it means that it's spread out over a large area, perhaps it's a long flat house with several parts or buldings laid out in a haphazard disorderly way.

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