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  • Scandwell, grandfather, was pure white; Martha three-quarters white; the many sons and daughters of them seven-eighths white; the grandchildren graded up to fifteen-sixteenths white, or, in the cases when their seven-eighths fathers and mothers had married seven-eighths, themselves fourteen-sixteenths or seven-eighths white.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • Councillor Maclagan: "On a point of information, sir, I believe the correct figure is seven-eighths."

    From the archive, 17 January 1956: Succulent Popsies Not for Oxford

  • A source familiar with the incident, speaking on the condition of anonymity because it is still under investigation, said the SUV was "about seven-eighths of the way" into the garage and was stopped "at a weird angle."

    Ashley Turton, former Hill aide, dead in burning car

  • Because then I don't want the idea to show very much; I want the idea to be a sort of seven-eighths of the iceberg, a kind of ballast, but without which the whole novel would flounder.

    On writing: authors reveal the secrets of their craft

  • But she would be running a race in which seven-eighths of voters will have never cast a ballot for her before.

    The Fix: Can Gabrielle Giffords win a Senate race?

  • One-eighth and one-sixteenth Hawaiian were they, which meant that seven-eighths or fifteen-sixteenths white blood informed that skin yet failed to obliterate the modicum of golden tawny brown of Polynesia.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • But she would be running a race in which seven-eighths of voters will have never cast a ballot for her before.

    Can Gabrielle Giffords win a Senate race?

  • James Dunnigan, author of “Dirty Little Secrets of World War II,” reveals that seven-eighths of all months in combat by German divisions in World War II were expended on the Russian front.

    Why Stalin mattered to D-Day's success

  • Hot tears welled up, one-eighth pain and seven-eighths frustration.

    The Dirty Life

  • The matter was referred to Circuit Court, which eventually ruled in favor of Clemens and his partners, awarding them seven-eighths of the eight-hundred-foot holding, which in the end proved to be worth about what they paid for it—mere paper.

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

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