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    "falling into sinews like tiny worms"

    Hello Everyone

    Does anyone know what "fall into" mean in the sentence below?
    "The duck was overcooked, falling into sinews like tiny worms."

    I look up the dictionary but can't find a definition seems to fit.
    Help me, please. Thanks a lot.

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    #2

    Re: "falling into sinews like tiny worms"

    Where did you find this text?

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    Re: "falling into sinews like tiny worms"

    I would guess that it meant that the meat fell apart to expose sinews, or that the meat was dry and shredded into long strips that looked like sinews. It isn't that clear.

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    Re: "falling into sinews like tiny worms"

    I'd still like to know where you found this sentence, odilonredon.

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    Re: "falling into sinews like tiny worms"

    It's from a novel called "The Elusive Language of Ducks."

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    #6

    Re: "falling into sinews like tiny worms"

    It is a very strange sentence.

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    #7

    Re: "falling into sinews like tiny worms"

    Quote Originally Posted by odilonredon View Post
    It's from a novel called "The Elusive Language of Ducks."
    Oh that again. I said in an answer to another question that this pseudo-poetic language is not helpful reading material for students of English (although I've seen some glowing reviews from people who would not agree with me. They all seem to be native speakers of English, and not teachers).

    As MNY said, 'It is a very strange sentence.' - There are few sentences in that novel that are not. My guess is that Tdol's 'dry and shredded into long strips' is as good a gloss as any (and better than most )

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    Last edited by BobK; 30-Nov-2014 at 13:47. Reason: Added last sentence

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