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    #1

    "driving snow" and "over the down"

    What do the following phrases mean?
    "driving snow" and "over the down"

    The full sentence is

    "The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over
    the down, walking from Bramblehurst railway station, and carrying a
    little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand."

    Do the phrases have any equivalent words or phrases?
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    #2

    Re: "driving snow" and "over the down"

    There are a lot of spaces missing between words in your quote. Please click on "Edit Post", add the missing spaces, then click "Save".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: "driving snow" and "over the down"

    ...and please state the source and author of your quotation.

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    #4

    Re: "driving snow" and "over the down"

    I was corrected this quote. It is the book with name "Invisible man". H. G. Wells.

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    #5

    Re: "driving snow" and "over the down"

    See definition #1 of 'driving' here: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic...nglish/driving

    See definition #1 of 'down' here: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...sh/down#down-3

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    #6

    Re: "driving snow" and "over the down"

    Piscean. It is very useful informations. Thank you!

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    #7

    Re: "driving snow" and "over the down"

    Nowadays, I mostly see driving snow without the indefinite article used in your text.

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    #8

    Re: "driving snow" and "over the down"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    See definition #1 of 'driving' here: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic...nglish/driving

    See definition #1 of 'down' here: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...sh/down#down-3
    Ah, what a relief. I'm happy to see that what I pictured upon reading "over the down" was exactly that. It's such a rare word nowadays, and I find I sometimes get them wrong if I haven't seen them in a decade or two.

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    #9

    Re: "driving snow" and "over the down"

    Possibly because it survives in names like the South Downs, it's not such an obscure word in BrE.

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    #10

    Re: "driving snow" and "over the down"

    As I lived for nearly twenty years near Corhampton Down, the singular form is natural to me. I would often go for a walk over the down.

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