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two-by-four

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Definition of two-by-four in English:

noun

1A length of wood with a rectangular cross section nominally two inches by four inches: solid cages made out of two-by-fours [mass noun]: a piece of two-by-four
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  • They picked out an odd assortment of two-by-fours and pieces of plywood and loaded it into my pickup truck.
  • Level the top edge of the pond by using a carpenter's level on a straight two-by-four placed across the pond.
  • We made everything out of thick plywood, two-by-fours and four-by-fours.
2 [usually as modifier] West Indian & US A small or insignificant thing, typically a building: they lived in a two-by-four shack of one bedroom
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  • I spend my entire life in this two-by-four shack taking care of those two kids and then you come home from work and what do you do?

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