Look at the picture

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Do we say "they are lying across the rail bars"?

Also, see this picture

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Do we say "the cat is lying across the bar"?

Or what are the idiomatic way of saying that?

  • Those are rail tracks, not 'bars'. Jan 17, 2020 at 11:30
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    Or, in British English, just 'rails'. Jan 17, 2020 at 16:24

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The people are lying (down) across the (railway) tracks.

The cat is sprawled (rather than lying) across the spindle securing the legs of the stool.


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    "Spindle" is a very specific term in furniture design and feels quite out of place here. I can't imagine a casual speaker using it in this context. I would probably describe it as the chair's leg brace.
    – TypeIA
    Jan 17, 2020 at 10:56
  • True, it's a technical rather than a typical description, but accurate nonetheless: homestratosphere.com/chair-parts Jan 17, 2020 at 11:15
  • In British English it's a stretcher. Jan 17, 2020 at 16:26

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