what does brom bone mean when he says dinner plates for ears and shovels for feet
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The above is a description of Ichabod Crane.
The cognomen of Crane was not inapplicable to his person. He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow