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measure the drapes

To begin planning or preparing to replace someone in a job or position before one has actually secured the role, especially during a political election. The senator has been criticized for measuring the drapes in the Oval Office with a month still to go before the votes will be tallied.
See also: drape, measure

measure for drapes

To begin planning or preparing to replace someone in a job or position before one has actually secured the role, especially during a political election. The senator has been criticized as measuring for drapes in the Oval Office with a month still to go before the votes will be tallied.
See also: drape, measure

measure swords

1. To engage in a sword duel against another person. I was a very skilled swordsman in my youth—I measured swords many times and lived to tell the tale.
2. To fight someone or something. Can you two stop measuring swords against each other? I'm sick of having to break up fights between you! I don't think you'll win if you try to measure swords with the big pharmaceutical company.
3. To get a sense of one's abilities in a particular area. After measuring swords with him this morning, I'm confident that I can beat him in the race—I know he's not as fast as I am!
See also: measure, sword
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