...on the moorings of its guy-ropes

English translation: a simile: tent is being moved like a boat back and forth on its moorings

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English term or phrase:...on the moorings of its guy-ropes
English translation:a simile: tent is being moved like a boat back and forth on its moorings
Entered by: Yvonne Gallagher

23:15 May 17, 2018
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English term or phrase: ...on the moorings of its guy-ropes
This text is from an English novel I am translating into Hungarian. The writer uses a lot of creative images in his book.
I am not sure if I understand the precise details here. The boys have just noticed that a cow went into one of their tents:

“There’s a cow in the tent! There’s a cow in the tent!”
We gaped at him, then scrambled and fell down the ladder and raced through the grass like speedboats on a stringy sea.
One of the tents was alive, bulging and heaving on the moorings of its guy-ropes. A horn pierced a hole in the tent; the hole became a tear, then a slit running the length of the tent, and the startled face of a cow appeared. She shook herself and the remains of the tent slid coyly round her trampling legs.

So, the mooring is the part where the ropes are anchored to the ground, right? Does "bulging and heaving on the moorings of its guy-ropes" mean that the cow in the tent were searching for the way to escape and it was seen from the outside? How comes "on the moorings" into the picture?

Thank you very much for your help
Péter Albert
Local time: 17:20
a simile: tent is being moved like a boat back and forth on its moorings
Explanation:
the tent is "moored=pitched or "anchored" to the ground by its guy ropes. The cow is panicking inside the tent and from outside it looks like the tent is being bobbed or pitched back and forth and up and down like a boat on its moorings

Quite a simile! but a nice picture

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Note added at 10 mins (2018-05-17 23:25:46 GMT)
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Obviously there is the earlier simile of "raced through the grass like speedboats on a stringy sea", so I guess this sea/grass image is being extended now to the movement of the tent like a boat on its moorings

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Note added at 11 mins (2018-05-17 23:26:44 GMT)
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and yes, the tent (with cow inside panicking) is being seen from outside

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Note added at 1 day 10 hrs (2018-05-19 09:33:29 GMT) Post-grading
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Glad to have helped
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Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Local time: 16:20
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Thank you for the detailed explanation!
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a simile: tent is being moved like a boat back and forth on its moorings


Explanation:
the tent is "moored=pitched or "anchored" to the ground by its guy ropes. The cow is panicking inside the tent and from outside it looks like the tent is being bobbed or pitched back and forth and up and down like a boat on its moorings

Quite a simile! but a nice picture

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Note added at 10 mins (2018-05-17 23:25:46 GMT)
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Obviously there is the earlier simile of "raced through the grass like speedboats on a stringy sea", so I guess this sea/grass image is being extended now to the movement of the tent like a boat on its moorings

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Note added at 11 mins (2018-05-17 23:26:44 GMT)
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and yes, the tent (with cow inside panicking) is being seen from outside

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Note added at 1 day 10 hrs (2018-05-19 09:33:29 GMT) Post-grading
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Glad to have helped

Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Local time: 16:20
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 207
Grading comment
Thank you for the detailed explanation!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Terry Richards: Further enhanced by the fact that the ropes that hold up a tent and those that restrain a moored boat are both called "guy ropes".
6 hrs
  -> Thanks Terry. Yes, I was wondering about that. I know guy ropes hold up the mast but I always use "mooring lines" for tying up?

agree  Jack Doughty: also with Terry.
6 hrs
  -> Thanks Jack!

agree  B D Finch
9 hrs
  -> Thanks:-)
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