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measure (something) off

1. To measure the dimensions of something. Measure off three-foot sections on those two-by-fours, and I'll cut them on the table saw. Could you measure this off for me?
2. To determine the perimeter of some region. Let's measure off the section that needs to be repainted. Police measured the area off to keep onlookers from contaminating the crime scene.
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measure something off

to determine the length of something. He measured the length of the room off and wrote down the figure in his notebook. Fred measured off the width of the house. Fred measured a few feet of string off, and cut it with a knife.
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measure off

To isolate, define, or identify some region within another by measurement: The surveyors measured off the part of the property where the house was going to be built. The builders measured each section off precisely before pouring the concrete.
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Now use your ruler to measure off 200 feet [at the scale of 100 feet per inch] along the 40 degree direction.
In a stinging rebuke to the Los Angeles City Council, a judge yanked a measure off the November ballot that would have given council members an extra four-year term, saying it unconstitutionally combined the issue with ethics reform.
If the civil liberties group loses in its attempt to keep the measure off the ballot, it will make the case to voters - along with business, labor, and other groups that have historically made large campaign contri- butions.
Nor did City Council President Alex Padilla, who withheld his support and kept a tax-hike measure off the May 17 ballot.
That way, the home-care workers' union would have to sue, and the slow pace of litigation would keep the measure off the November ballot.
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With the consent from lawyers on both sides, Judge David Long on Wednesday dismissed a request to keep the measure off the ballot and instead opted to resolve the dispute in a July 17 trial.
Long and Supervisor Judy Mikels favored taking the measure off the ballot because the supervisors' June 9 vote and the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources ballot initiatives offered enough farmland and open-space protection proposals.