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What is the meaning of "strips thin but very delicate" in the following precisely-quoted passage?

"My grandson Vin come at weekends and he likes to sun himself in the garden. He strips thin but very delicate, and a lovely choice of the trunks. Gold and white satin." — p.57, Anglo-Saxon Attitudes, 1956, Angus Wilson.

The quotation is part of Mrs. Salad's explanation to Gerald Middleton about living at the residence of her daughter, Gladys. Mrs. Salad is Middleton's former char-lady, and is visiting him two days before Christmas, for exchange of gifts.

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When he strips down to his swimming trunks (takes off all his other clothes), this leaves him looking thin, but very delicate (well-proportioned for a boy, probably). And he wears a lovely choice of trunks (this bit is an anacoluthon).

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That agrees with all I surmised, but I'm still left wondering whether "strips thin" may have a particular East-coast-of-England meaning. – jwpat7 Sep 13 '11 at 17:24
@jwpat7: Well, I don't know, could be. But this fragment is written in an informal, playful style: it looks more like a nonce expression. Perhaps someone else knows more. – Cerberus Sep 13 '11 at 17:32

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