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measure (something) out
To measure specific amounts of something to be distributed or dispensed. She carefully measured out two cups of soup for each person in the shelter. Jeff, will you please measure two meters of this material out and wrap it up for our customer.
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measure something out
to measure and distribute something as it is being taken out, unwrapped, unfolded, etc. Carl measured the grain out a cup at a time. He measured out the grain little by little.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To dispense some specific, measured amount of something: The cook measured out four cups of flour into the bowl. The tailor measured two yards of material out and cut it from the bolt.
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