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Offline t k

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---- he drew time on his mouth
« on: October 09, 2019, 03:49:29 am »
Because when you think of a
fellow named Joe Brown, you think of a bigmouthed fellow that’s always laughing and talking loud.
And so I reckon that is his right name, even if Joe Brown does seem a little kind of too quick and
too easy for a natural name, somehow. But I reckon it is his, all right. Because if he drew time on his
mouth
, he would be owning this here mill right this minute.
  (from Light in August, by William Faulkner; a larger context is here; this is a pdf file but opens as a browser window; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "he drew time on his mouth".  Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: ---- he drew time on his mouth
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 09:40:54 am »
I have the feeling that this means he is an honest fellow - but I am afraid I cannot explain how I come to that conclusion: just the context I guess.
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Re: ---- he drew time on his mouth
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2019, 03:13:41 pm »
Just a try:

Because if he blindsided people with his eloquence, he would be owning this here mill right this minute
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†