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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A slender glass shaped like a horn that is about three feet tall and holds about three pints.
  • n. The amount of liquid that a yard of ale can hold.


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  • Maybe they were dyslexic and had actually consumed a yarb of ale. Har-be-har-har!

    April 10, 2009

  • Presumably the speaker was hungover the next morning and consumed numerous cup of teas.

    April 10, 2009

  • Entered to record the fact that I have just heard someone say 'yard of ales' for what were being consumed last night. To me this is a straightforward, transparent syntactic combination with idiomatic meaning, but that speaker has lexicalized it more closely.

    April 10, 2009