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    Pile-faced

    Hi,

    Can somebody tell me what the author means by the word pile-faced in his text?

    "He was on the river bank now. A narrow, pile-faced path led eastwards down the stream, skirting the gardens of the houses he had passed a moment before."

    John Metcalfe, Tide-born, 1927

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    Re: Pile-faced

    The path was probably lined on one side with piles to stop the sloping land sliding down to cover it.

    pile

    n2

    a long, rounded, or flat piece of wood, concrete, etc., hammered upright into soil to form part of a foundation.
    (Collins)

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