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- n. Plural form of handsbreadth.
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Four levels of them, each barely a couple of handsbreadths high—yet Filthies lived in them.
They raised it another time; and then another time; at last they had raised it seven handsbreadths so that it was just under the sky arch.
So my daughter gave her half a loaf, and a piece of bacon about two handsbreadths large; but she did not think it enough, and muttered between her teeth; whereupon my daughter said, 'If thou art not content, thou old witch, go thy ways and help thy goodman; see how he has laid his head on Zabel's fence, and stamps with his feet for pain.'