Author Topic: "Bother!" said the Rat, all over egg. "See who it is, Mole, like a good ..."  (Read 1269 times)

Offline t k

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...; and were finishing breakfast in their little parlour and eagerly discussing their plans for the day, when a heavy knock sounded at the door.

"Bother!" said the Rat, all over egg. "See who it is, Mole, like a good chap, since you've finished."

... The Rat let his egg-spoon fall ...
(from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "all over egg".  The Rat must be eating some eggs.  Thanks.  --- tk

Offline Darryl

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He is probably eating his eggs with some degree of gusto. Rats are always hungry!

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Thanks, Darryl.  So would it be close to "with crumbs of eggs all around him"?  Thanks again.  --- tk

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Probably rather egg yolk smeared all over his face  :-*
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†