Entry from British & World English dictionary
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.
- ‘It's the foot rule you want, Sir,’ said Nurse; ‘if I may make so bold.’
- When purchasing modern devices across the counter, either foot rules, tape measures or metre sticks, the variations may be as much as .3%.
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