tape-measure

tape measure

noun
a long, flexible strip or ribbon, as of cloth or metal, marked with subdivisions of the foot or meter and used for measuring.
Also called tapeline [teyp-lahyn] .


Origin:
1835–45

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tape measure
 
n
Also called (esp US): tapeline a tape or length of metal marked off in inches, centimetres, etc, used principally for measuring and fitting garments

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