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short measure Line breaks: short meas|ure

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Definition of short measure in English:


An amount, especially of alcohol, less than that which is declared or paid for: coal users in North Yorkshire are being sold short measures [mass noun]: the most serious crime is short measure on a pint
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  • Coal users in North Yorkshire are being sold short measures, trading standards officers warned today.
  • Mrs Smith also tested the four-star dispenser at the same pump and found it, too, was delivering a short measure.
  • As well as the premises found serving short measures, more than a quarter of those visited had no notices stating the quantities spirits were sold in.
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