To measure a circular object, a string should be passed round it, and the string should then be measured with the foot-rule.
There's a foot-rule in my new joinering box if you'll let me go and fetch it!
Morality cannot be weighed in a balance or measured with a foot-rule.
So, Jeff, I shall want you to bring a hammer and a foot-rule—or whatever it is.
They marvelled that the lower half of him could so double up, like a foot-rule.
If you measure the East with a Western foot-rule you will say, "Impossible."
Money is no such a fixed objective standard as a foot-rule or a pound weight.
And Carlton went prowling round the blackened walls, with his foot-rule and his dog, before resting from his labours.
I'm a pretty poor sort of specimen still, but at least I don't imagine I can measure life with a foot-rule.
Publishers, now-a-days, measure works with a foot-rule, as the critic did in Sterne.