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foot rule

a ruler one foot (30.48 cm) in length.
Origin of foot rule
1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • 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!

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • 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.

    The Debit Account Oliver Onions
  • They marvelled that the lower half of him could so double up, like a foot-rule.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • 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.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • And Carlton went prowling round the blackened walls, with his foot-rule and his dog, before resting from his labours.

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
  • I'm a pretty poor sort of specimen still, but at least I don't imagine I can measure life with a foot-rule.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • Publishers, now-a-days, measure works with a foot-rule, as the critic did in Sterne.

    Diary in America, Series Two Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
British Dictionary definitions for foot-rule

foot rule

a rigid measure, one foot in length
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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