Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to revise my interpretations of two expressions which attracted my attention by reading the following excerpt of Conan Doyle’s “The Gloria Scott”?
Trevor was the only man I knew, and that only through the accident of his bull-terrier freezing on to my ankle one morning as I went down to chapel.
It was a prosaic way of forming a friendship, but it was effective. I was laid by the heels for ten days, and Trevor used to come in to inquire after me.”
1. …freezing on to my ankle = sinking his teeth into my ankle and not letting go; obstructed my progress;
2. laid by the heels = obliged to keep my bed ; to be confined in my room/bed;
Thank you for your efforts.