Interested in Language
I have some difficulties in understanding the following sentence .
"I'll lay your ship bare."
It's part of rolling in the deep song by Adele.
I've no idea. I've looked at the lyrics, and there seems to be lots of metaphors involving ships and fire and conflict, so possibly it's a threat used in the days of fighting sailing ships: if you 'laid a ship bare' perhaps you attacked it with cannon and blew away its masts and all its rigging - then one could describe the ship as 'laid bare'. But I've never seen this phrase used with that particular meaning. I think it's plausible (though not everyone would agree - and anyway it's only a guess.)