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  • The most they could possibly carry would be a forty-pound payload, and some not even that much.

    Fatal Error

  •   By the end of the 16thcentury the laws of Scotland reflected a three-tiered sentencing guideline for fornication: a forty-pound fine for the first offense, eight days in prison for the second, and three duckings in the “foulest pool in town” for subsequent violations.

    Learning to Live With Radical Presbyterians

  • If you ever have to chase a would-be intruder off your porch, it helps to have a forty-pound elbow pipe handy.

    Stefan Beck: What Deaner Was Talkin' About: Sausage King, R.I.P.

  • Hooks hung at various lengths from the top of the fireplace provided “low,” “medium,” and “high” flames, and cooks heaved forty-pound forged-iron pots from hooks as routinely as their modern-day counterparts turn a knob.

    One Big Table

  • The fishermen leaned over the black eddies in the turbulent waters with their dip nets on long poles, risking their lives to haul in forty-pound salmon from the Chinook run.

    Come Again No More

  • But the ease of the movement to base camp—forty-pound backpack and all—had emboldened me.

    Hope Unseen

  • I largely hated the experience: the blisters, the forty-pound backpack, the food and the early-morning immersions in a freezing cold mountain stream “bath.”

    Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

  • There is a horse trailer parked near the workshop, where my coworkers have begun to unload forty-pound bundles of fresh balsam that have just arrived from up north.

    Christmas Magic

  • In a head-to-head match-up, three-cornered hat was crushed by forty-pound robe of velvet and fur.

    David Parker: Political Memo: How to Defeat the Tea Party

  • Obviously he posed no threat, or so I thought, until the forty-pound bundle of joy leapt off the ground, turned sideways in midair, and slammed his torso right into my chest, almost knocking the wind out of me.

    Runners

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