V across n
V across nThe verb is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of across and a noun group.This pattern has one structure:
Verb with Adjunct.I cut across the field.
|Verb group||across||noun group|
Verbs with this pattern are all concerned with crossing or passing from one side of a place to the other, either physically or metaphorically.
brush cut fall flicker flit plane skim sweep
Nancy, out of the corner of her eye, saw the shadow that suddenly fell across the doorway.
A cold, dead smile flickered across Vincent's grey features, and for a brief second his eyes sparked to life.
In 1989 Hurricane Dean swept across Bermuda with torrential rains and winds as strong as 113 miles per hour, flooding some coastal roads.