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A foot-long measuring instrument.
- ‘Having a foot rule in his pocket, he quietly took the dimensions of the hat of the one immediately before him, and it was 16 ½ inches wide and nine ½ inches from the shoulder to the top, the other three being of a similar description.’
- ‘There runs through all these national systems a certain resemblance in the measures of length; and, if a bundle of rods were made of foot rules, one from every nation, ancient and modern, there would not be a very unreasonable difference in the lengths of the sticks.’
- ‘When purchasing modern devices across the counter, either foot rules, tape measures or metre sticks, the variations may be as much as .3%.’
- ‘‘It's the foot rule you want, Sir,’ said Nurse; ‘if I may make so bold.’’
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