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  • n. Plural form of two-by-four.


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  • The sawed-off ends of two-by-fours made for many a marvelous barbeque at Uncle Mikey's house.

    Charlie Carillo: A Shoe Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • It is the place to get fishing permits and marriage licenses—and to pick up a quick education in historic joinery: The 18th-century gunstock posts and exposed framing of hewn white oak put sheetrock and two-by-fours to shame.

    Town Hall Assembly

  • Two years ago, Chicago's Fenger High School had its 15 minutes of horrific fame when the beating death of one of its students, an honor student named Derrion Albert -- waiting for a bus after school, caught suddenly in a surge of gang violence, savagely beaten with two-by-fours and railroad ties -- was recorded on someone's cell camera and became an international spectacle.

    Robert Koehler: Building Community, Building Peace

  • At night he scavenged for plywood, warped two-by-fours, one-by-fours with nails still in them.


  • A woman with Mickey Mouse ears laid out two-by-fours for others to nail down to make the seat of a bench.

    Neighborhood, nonprofits team up to make new playground happen

  • The desks were made from cheap doors, with sawed-off two-by-fours for legs.

    Birth of a Salesman

  • Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 61st Calvary regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Division, out of Fort Campbell in Kentucky, worked day and night to make the place habitable, building rooms out of plywood and two-by-fours.

    Tribal loyalties remain challenge for forces in Afghanistan

  • 'When we took the stucco off the house, we could see the two-by-fours were already rotting,' Ms. Barnes said.

    Pound Ridge Contemporary

  • Lifting plywood and particle board, dry wall, two-by-fours, and trim was hard for me.

    Dr. Jane Aronson: Working Together to Build Homes for a Mexican Family

  • The way we can tell we're the object of a toxic vent is when we begin to get a sense that we are about as important in the relationship as the chair we're sitting on, that there's nothing personal about the conversation, and if our companion were not venting to us, she'd be venting to a stack of two-by-fours.

    Toxic Venting: When to Stop Listening


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