from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. similar figures.
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At the same time, far above them on Watt’s Hill, Colonel Cartarette, finding nobody but seven cats at home at Jacob’s Cottage, walked round the house and looking down into the little valley at once spotted both Lady Lacklander and Mr. Phinn, like figures in Nurse Kettle’s imaginary map, the one squatting on her camp stool, the other in slow motion near Bottom Bridge.
Then, as the crowd from the nightclub flowed down the bank, someone switched on a flood lamp in the trees, burning away the darkness like a phosphorus flare, lighting me and Tee Bobby Hulin like figures frozen in a photograph of a waterside baptism.
These were not a handful of Taurentians that might have been swept from their path like figures off a kaissa board.