- yard goods,
- yard grass,
- yard of ale,
- yard sale,
- yard-long bean
- everything that is pertinent, appropriate, or available.
- in all ways; in every respect; all the way: If you want to run for mayor, I'll be with you the whole nine yards.
Origin of yard1
verb (used with object)
Origin of yard2
Examples from the Web for yard
Parker writes of the “black-faced doe” that he sees in the yard in his new Texas house.
Just right for that person who needs a little creative push to do something daring in their yard.
Later that day he made a call from the row of phones in the yard and reached his wife for the first time in six months.
The victim was himself dangerous, and also the strongest man in the yard.
Scotland Yard released a video of the extraordinary crime in an appeal for anyone who recognizes the man to come forward.
Dr. Knox, then going off on foot to see a patient, came across the yard from the surgery at the same moment.Johnny Ludlow, Third Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
"You had no business to escape into our yard," said the girl.Sailor's Knots (Entire Collection)|W.W. Jacobs
He lifted a stone, evidently with his mouth, ran a yard or two with it, and then dropped it with a great clatter.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland|Daniel Turner Holmes
Near the top of this hill was a gate, which led into a farmer's yard.The Story of John Wesley|Marianne Kirlew
There was one venerable sergeant who made a rod less than a yard long.Last Words|Stephen Crane
Word Origin for yard
- an enclosed or open area used for some commercial activity, for storage, etca railway yard
- (in combination)a brickyard; a shipyard
Word Origin for yard
"ground around a house," Old English geard "enclosure, garden, court, house, yard," from Proto-Germanic *garda (cf. Old Norse garðr "enclosure, garden, yard;" Old Frisian garda, Dutch gaard, Old High German garto, German Garten "garden;" Gothic gards "house," garda "stall"), from PIE *gharto-, from root *gher- "to grasp, enclose" (cf. Old English gyrdan "to gird," Sanskrit ghra- "house," Albanian garth "hedge," Latin hortus "garden," Phrygian -gordum "town," Greek khortos "pasture," Old Irish gort "field," Breton garz "enclosure, garden," and second element in Latin cohors "enclosure, yard, company of soldiers, multitude").
Lithuanian gardas "pen, enclosure," Old Church Slavonic gradu "town, city," and Russian gorod, -grad "town, city" belong to this group, but linguists dispute whether they are independent developments or borrowings from Germanic. Yard sale is attested by 1976. Middle English yerd "yard-land" (mid-15c.) was a measure of about 30 acres.
measure of length, Old English gerd (Mercian), gierd (West Saxon) "rod, stick, measure of length," from West Germanic *gazdijo, from Proto-Germanic *gazdaz "stick, rod" (cf. Old Saxon gerda, Old Frisian ierde, Dutch gard "rod;" Old High German garta, German gerte "switch, twig," Old Norse gaddr "spike, sting, nail"), from PIE *gherdh- "staff, pole" (cf. Latin hasta "shaft, staff"). The nautical yardarm retains the original sense of "stick."
Originally in Anglo-Saxon times a land measure of roughly 5 meters (a length later called rod, pole, or perch). Modern measure of "three feet" is attested from late 14c. (earlier rough equivalent was the ell of 45 inches, and the verge). In Middle English, the word also was a euphemism for "penis" (cf. "Love's Labour's Lost," V.ii.676). Slang meaning "one hundred dollars" first attested 1926, American English.
see all wool and a yard wide; in one's own back yard; whole nine yards.