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Hat-racks in the desert

Posted by Jim on January 19, 2002

In Reply to: Hat-racks in the desert posted by R. Berg on January 17, 2002

: : : A sentence in the novel I'm translating mentions wild and wormy horses, like hat-racks in the desert. It's the hat-racks/desert part that confuses me. Has anybody got an idea?

: : Extremely thin?

: Useless? Deserts are hot during the day and cold at night. People there need to keep their hats on.

True. So what purpose could a hatrack serve?