What does “cut into” mean? The battle for the Old City would be desperate; the fighting, noted Glubb, was “room to room, down dark passages, up and down tiny staircases _cut into_ courtyards and down in cellars” through the “teeming rabbit-warren of the Jewish Quarter on top of the spoils and rubble of millennia.” Excerpt From Jerusalem Simon Sebag Montefiore Hi. Is “cut” passive here? What does “cut into” mean here? Thank you.
Jun 19, 2019 1:48 PM
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Yes, "cut" is passive here. A fuller version would say "staircases [that had been] cut into courtyards and down in cellars." The image is of a staircase that projects into a courtyard, probably in a slightly unusual way. The stairs don't seem to be a natural part of the courtyard's architecture, and the way they've been inserted into that architecture makes it seem as though the courtyard itself has been "cut into" by their presence (as if you had to physically remove a small part of the courtyard itself in order to make room for the stairs).
June 19, 2019
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