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yard-of-ale

[ yahrd-uhv-eyl ]

noun

  1. a trumpet-shaped glass about 3 feet (1 meter) long with a bulb at the closed end, for serving ale or beer.
  2. the amount contained in such a glass.


yard of ale

noun

  1. the beer or ale contained in a narrow horn-shaped drinking glass, usually about one yard long and holding between two and three pints
  2. such a drinking glass itself


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Word History and Origins

Origin of yard-of-ale1

First recorded in 1885–90

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