- With his Savile Row suit, crimson necktie, and plentiful gray locks, he cut a rather elegant if dubious figure, a look he described as dignified depravity.
I have two questions regard to the text above:
- 1) what is the meaning and usage of if in the text?
- 2) I cannot understand the context of cut a rather elegant if dubious figure, a look...
- did he cut a figure or look, or look is an attributive noun modifying the word “figure”?
The dictionary defines the phrase as:
Cut a figure To convey a particular image. An adjective is often used between "a" and "figure." As the dog ran around while covered in a blanket, he cut a funny figure that entertained the kids.