I have a problem with a sentence:

She burst into the kitchen, popping the swinging door on its hinge, expecting to find her sister alone.

I know how swinging door and hinge look like, but I don't understand how can you pop the swinging door ON its hinge. What does this mean?
Can you please, explain the meaning of this sentence.
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I don't think 'pop' and 'door' work very well together.

Ah.... I may have just got it. They want to create an image of her bursting through the door (violently throwing the door open and leaping in). Pop and burst are synonyms in other contexts (I popped the balloon/burst the balloon) but pop is not appropriate here. Nor would you burst a door on its hinge though. Just a guess but I think the writer is a little confused with burst/pop and the meaning of 'burst through/into'.

Anyone got a better idea?
As far as I know you can't pop or burst door on the hinge, because it is attached to the door?
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The hinge is the moving part that attaches the door to the frame.

You COULD break a door off its hinge if you were rough enough I suppose.
forgive my intrusion... Is it a novel/thriller you're reading? is it good? What's the title?
Yes, it's a novel, 'Blindsighted' by Karin Slaughter (hence the surname:)) It's not bad, typical-serial-killer novel; but characters are rounded, well-motivated. It is a heartstopping thriller. It's not my favourite type of prose but I'm reading it because I have to translate it. (I wonder how should I translate the title!)Actually, I prefer Amelie Nothomb, Irvine Welsh, Nick Hornby, Hanif Kureishi etc.
Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you! Are you actually paid for this or is it a good will? (forgive MY intrusion)
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It's sheer interest in the language!
Have you ever tried any novel by Val McDermid? Patricia Cornwell? Nicci French (well the first ones, because I've found the latest less interesting...)
I don't understand the bit about the surname (nickname?) ... ?
No, I haven't read Patricia C., although I should have because I know her books are the same genre. Her surname, or nick is SLAUGHTER. Is this a custom of writers of detective novels to assume the name connected with murder, butchering etc. or is it a sheer coincidence?
Oh! I thought you were referring to YOUR name!
Maybe some writers take that kind of surname so people know from reading it what kind of books they write?
I DO love thrillers too!Emotion: wink
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