Its owner seems to take as much pride in her bones as the big girls of Rubens could take in their avoirdupois.
She had so far successfully fought down an hereditary tendency to avoirdupois.
A single pair has been known to weigh as much as 60 pounds avoirdupois!
The common weight is the pecul, of one hundred and thirty-three and a third pounds, avoirdupois, divided into one hundred catties.
Estimate the value of Westminster Abbey in the avoirdupois measure.
With the avoirdupois of Miss Jolliboy, life would appear a desert.
Coal is measured by the ton of two thousand pounds avoirdupois.
The weight of the amyloid liver may reach ten, twelve, even sixteen pounds avoirdupois.
We have in fact two kinds of weight measure—troy and avoirdupois.
Or all that we call logic and reasoning ends up as sheer preponderance of avoirdupois.
1650s, misspelling of Middle English avoir-de-peise (c.1300), from Old French avoir de pois "goods of weight," from aveir "property, goods" (noun use of aveir "have") + peis "weight," from Latin pensum, neuter of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant (n.)). After late 15c., the standard system of weights used in England for all goods except precious metals, precious stones, and medicine.
avoirdupois av·oir·du·pois (āv'ər-də-poiz')
A comment protesting that one has heard or had enough or a bit too much
[fr Yiddish, translating genuk shoyn]