Valentina
Please help me to understand "leaving in my wake" phrase I've had a few guesses , but I doubt it any of them is correct. Here is the phrase in a context: He searches my face for news of his fate. His expression is echoed in scores of tiny faces, pressing against clear plastic, panting faces of every imaginable colour, creed, and non-Aryan origin, fogging up the bag like the windows of a Polish bathhouse. I stumbled naked through the ruins, back towards blander, less complicated confections, leaving in my wake, a trail of rainbow carnage. With a bit of struggle I was able to understand everything else besides "in my wake" phrase. Could it be some kind of awakening? It's from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, if that helps. Thank you
Nov 27, 2016 5:51 PM
Answers · 4
A "wake" is the pattern of waves that forms behind a boat as it moves through the water. To leave something "in your wake" is therefore an expression which means to leave something behind you.
November 27, 2016
Imagine a boat racing along in a piece of water, behind you is the "wake" the tumbling water stirred up by the boat. So the author is giving an image of chaos and random movement behind your clear, straight direction of movement or decision.
November 27, 2016
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Valentina
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Croatian, English, Slovenian
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English