tape measure

[ teyp-mezh-er ]
/ ˈteɪp ˌmɛʒ ər /

noun

Also called tape·line [teyp-lahyn] /ˈteɪpˌlaɪn/ . a long, flexible strip or ribbon, as of cloth or metal, marked with subdivisions of the foot or meter and used for measuring.

adjective

Also tape-meas·ure. Baseball. (of a hit) having traveled so remarkably far that the distance, usually only estimated, is worth noting: This kid’s got so much power, even his foul balls are tape-measure shots.

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Origin of tape measure

First recorded in 1835–45 for def. 1, and in 1950–55 for def. 2
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tape measure

noun

a tape or length of metal marked off in inches, centimetres, etc, used principally for measuring and fitting garmentsAlso called (esp US): tapeline
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