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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.
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.
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!
measure up (to someone or something)
To meet a particular requirement, standard, or expectation. I can't possibly measure up to Mom's sky-high expectations! I didn't get the job after all—I guess I just didn't measure up.
measure your length
obsolete To lie or fall flat on some surface. He felt, as he measured his length on the hard stone beneath him, as though the gods were laughing at him in his misfortune.
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.
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.
measure (someone or sth) (up) against (someone or sth else)
1. To compare the qualities of a particular person or thing with those of someone or something else. Because I'm pursuing the same career as my brother, I feel like people are always measuring me against him. I just feel that modern architecture is missing some of the grandeur of pre-21st-century buildings when you measure them up against one another.
2. To place someone or something against a larger person or thing so as to observe, measure, or compare the size of one or both. We've been measuring our kids against the same wall for nearly 15 years now—there's a lot of memories on that thing! When you measure the new desk up against the older one, you can see that there is a noticeable size discrepancy.