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English translation: old worn-out cables

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12:26 Jun 23, 2005
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: rusty winches...
the sentence comes from SK"s novel that he described a person in a very tired conditon in such way:" Hid muscles had turned into rusty winches and pullies in a deserted building."

What is the "rusty winches and pullies in a deserted building" mean?

Thank you!

Macky
macky
Local time: 21:23
English translation:old worn-out cables
Explanation:
old, worn-out cables attempting to pull loads up and down, about ready to break - located in a deserted building with nothing to do

Mike :)
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Michael Powers (PhD)
United States
Local time: 09:23
Grading comment
thank you.
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4 +5old worn-out cables
Michael Powers (PhD)


  

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3 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +5
old worn-out cables


Explanation:
old, worn-out cables attempting to pull loads up and down, about ready to break - located in a deserted building with nothing to do

Mike :)

Michael Powers (PhD)
United States
Local time: 09:23
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 120
Grading comment
thank you.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Kirill Semenov: I think these are not cables but lifting mechanisms. Anyway, his muscles are probably too weak to move or lift loads + Not weak but *rigid*
10 mins
  -> Thank you, Kirill - Mike :)

agree  Tony M: Perhaps not so much cables as lifting/pulling equipment in general; surely the idea is that they looked as if they had once been intended for hard work, but no longer function...
17 mins
  -> Thank you, Dusty - Mike :)

agree  jccantrell: NOT cables, like Kirill says, but the wheels that squeek and groan after a long period of disuse and no lubrication. I often feel this way in the morning :(
1 hr

agree  Alp Berker
5 hrs

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
6 hrs
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