What does "hung" mean in this text? At first I thought that it might mean that the road to the dump was floating above ground, but I don't think that's the case. Then I thought it might mean "outlined" which would make more sense, but I was unable to find that meaning for the word "hung" in any dictionary. Any help is appreciated.

Source: Roadside Picnic book.

Forty yards. Where was he counting from? Oh, probably from the last pylon. He's right, it wouldn't be further than that from there. Those egghead scientists were making progress. They've got the road hung all the way to the dump, and cleverly hung at that!

  • Do you mean this book? If so, it's a translation from the Russian. Could it be something about power lines hanging from the pylons? Jul 27, 2022 at 7:52

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Here, "hung" means "decorated". The scientists had decorated the road nicely all the way to the dump.

Merriam-Webster has this definition:

transitive verb
2 : to furnish with hanging decorations (such as flags or bunting)
// Hang the windows with velvet curtains.
// a room hung with streamers

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    Thank you!!!!!! Jul 27, 2022 at 5:57
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    Is there some context that I'm missing? The source doesn't mention any kind of decorations. Decorating roads would not normally be a task for "egghead scientists"
    – James K
    Jul 27, 2022 at 7:06

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