from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of tape painted and varnished and marked with subdivisions of the foot or meter; especially, such a piece about a yard or a yard and a half long, in use by tailors and dressmakers. Compare tape-line.


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  • In case you haven't noticed, United haven't exactly been hitting tape-measure home runs with their recent foreign signings.

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  • As much power was in the ballpark that Tuesday evening the Braves had Henry Aaron and Eddie Mathews and these were the Giants of Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda, this would not be an evening for a barrage of tape-measure blasts.

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  • The store includes hats, golf polos, and, of course, custom-made jean shorts with 10-inch inseam, tape-measure loop and a button front with brass zipper fly.

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  • One day this week in Lakeland, he turned a 95-mile-per-hour fastball into a tape-measure homer.

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  • The same is true in baseball, where nobody hits tape-measure home runs anymore since the players stopped using steroids.

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  • We actually watched while mystified Wayne Sapper from renowned King Displays climbed a ladder, tape-measure in hand, to prove I had indeed done it accurately.

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  • But cortisone shots and other "legal" remedies don't turn warning track power into tape-measure blasts.

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  • Cool Papa claimed years later that his squad stung Diz for four early runs, with Gibson tagging tape-measure home runs in the first and again in the third.

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  • Charleston doubled to right and came home when Gibson, his muscles limbered from tossing Diz like a rag doll, tagged a tape-measure home run, this one soaring over the same left-field wall that Pirate Bill Mazeroski would make famous twenty-six years later.

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  • Livan Hernandez was mystifying batters, Ryan Zimmerman was smoking line drives, Adam Dunn was mashing a tape-measure home run.

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