One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Walking speed.
- ‘On this spot I saw abundance of plover; and as I walked my horse along at a foot pace, I observed many of the newly hatched young, around which the old birds anxiously hovered, continually resorting to a well-known artifice; and in the hope of alluring an enemy to a false pursuit, limping tenderly away with a flagging wing, as if they were lame.’
- ‘We came out on the turnpike some hundred yards on the Liphook side of the buildings called the Hut; so that we had the whole of three miles of hill to come down at not much better than a foot pace, with a good pelting rain at our backs.’
- ‘We'll describe how the Long Trail is a window on Vermont in the 1990's, offering a view from the mountaintops, at foot pace, of environmental and growth-and-development issues facing all of Vermont.’
2A raised piece of flooring.
- ‘A platform a few inches high does duty for foot pace and on the floor surrounding the altar and foot pace is tacked a strip of crash towelling.’
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