But in political aspirations the giving of an inch has ever created the desire for an ell.
At Lyons, material was sometimes sold for as much as six hundred francs an ell.
"Hi never want to be able to find my way back to that 'ell 'ole again," he said.
Gawd love you, guv'nor, they'd fight 'ell's blazes, them chaps would!
Patty led her upstairs and through the hall into a sort of ell part where there were two rooms.
The room was a fairly large one, situated in an ell at the rear of the building.
Men wore the hair long, and had hats of cloth a quarter of an ell or more in height, and all wore most sumptuous chains of gold.
Thirty feet by twelve, and an ell for cooking and an ell for stowage.
Again I call to the leader, and again hear a word ending in "ell."
Ere, said he at last, jerking his head and rubbing his jaw, how the ell did you do it?
"unit of measure of 45 inches," Old English eln, originally "forearm, length of the arm" (as a measure, anywhere from a foot and a half to two feet), from PIE *el- (1) "elbow, forearm" (cf. Greek olene "elbow," Latin ulna, Armenian uln "shoulder," Sanskrit anih "part of the leg above the knee," Lithuanian alkune "elbow").
The exact distance varied, depending on whose arm was used as the base and whether it was measured from the shoulder to the fingertip or the wrist: the Scottish ell was 37.2 inches, the Flemish 27 inches. Latin ulna also was a unit of linear measure, and cf. cubit.
Whereas shee tooke an inche of liberty before, tooke an ell afterwardes [Humfrey Gifford, "A Posie of Gilloflowers," 1580].
type of building extension, 1773, American English; so called for resemblance to the shape of the alphabet letter.