noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a piece/length/strand of wire

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The pieces of wire he’d cut were too short.

an amount/a length of time

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Customers only have a limited amount of time to inspect the goods.

be equal in size/length/height etc

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The population of each town is roughly equal in size.

be of equal size/length/height etc

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Draw two lines of equal length.

cut sth to size/length (= so that it is the size/length you need )

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The place where I bought the wood cut it to size for me.

focal length

half the price/size/length etc

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It’s only half the size of a normal violin.

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They offered to pay half the cost of repairs.

(of) medium height/length/build

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She’s of medium height.

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hair of medium length

of unequal size/length etc

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two rooms of unequal size

runs the length of

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The Sierra mountain range runs the length of the north west coast of Majorca.

three-quarter length

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a three-quarter length coat

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

average

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The specialisms of geriatrics and orthopaedic surgery have recorded the largest decreases in average length of stay.

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To begin with, the average length of time per customer transaction tripled, which meant longer lines and increased waiting times.

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The average length of stay of readmitted patients was 12 days compared with 15 for those not readmitted.

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The average length of a bull market is 28 months, according to Ibbotson.

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So short of an immediate recovery, this recession will be longer than the 11-month average length of recessions since the war.

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Regardless of who or what triggered these placements, the average length of stay was reported as 15. 4 months.

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The average length of time in this accommodation was 10 months.

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The average length of service of my colleagues in London fell rapidly from six years to less than two years.

considerable

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Here, some one had gone to considerable lengths to get the cushions toning in nicely with the curtains.

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If pump failure should occur during your absence, the fishes could live for a considerable length of time.

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Ninety autobiographies refer to grandparents, sometimes at considerable length .

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GasGenie has gone to considerable lengths to make the site easy to find.

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This is reflected, as the University goes to considerable lengths to import sportsmen.

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I have spent too many hours on these Benches arguing on behalf of Bills, often at considerable length .

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They went to considerable lengths to remove all traces of her from the offices and rooms she had used at the Palace.

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J., we become so entangled in the tale that its considerable length is hardly noticeable.

different

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The two lips of the drum are of the same thickness hut follow arcs of different lengths .

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This is particularly important when a column has entries of different lengths .

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Each string has a different length so you will each be investigating a different size circle.

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Some people prefer different line lengths .

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They were also regularly penetrated day and night by a variety of trains of different lengths and sizes.

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Try using different lengths of pencil. 7.

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Take the case of the copywriter charged with advertising men's shirts with three different sleeve lengths .

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The wave theory also explains the existence of different colours of light: they are just waves of different lengths .

entire

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The lateral membrane takes up the entire length of one side of the chamber, pushing the grapes against the other side.

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Sedimenting particles in the horizontal-head centrifuge must travel the entire length of the liquid in the tube.

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The freak wave broke top to bottom across the entire length of the Bay.

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She walks back and forth, slowly, the entire length of the bus.

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The flexible rod in its back which runs the entire length of its body carries transverse bands of muscles.

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One has antennae much larger than its entire body length .

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The proposal covers the entire length of the 30-acre site, from County Hall to Waterloo Bridge.

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Analysis was confined to those crypts whose entire lengths could be completely visualised and which contained a single layer of cells only.

equal

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The circle is a special case of the ellipse in which the two axes are equal in length .

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The radiating ribs of a fan are of equal length and the bounding line is in the form of a semicircle.

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Take a sharp knife and cut the roll into four equal lengths .

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The lines must be of equal length , and fully paid-out before launch.

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There are proximally 8 slightly rugose arm spines, the second dorsalmost one the largest, equal in length to 3 segments.

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There are 5 short arm spines, the longest is scarcely equal in length to one segment.

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You will need a strip of paper to equal this length by at least the desired depth of your pelmet.

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We must assume either that all chains between junctions are of equal stretched length or that there is some definable length distribution.

focal

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The image produced by a diverging lens is however frequently virtual and consequently the focal length does not seem easy to determine.

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Properties of a parabola All parabolas are similar. Focal length a determines the magnitude.

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A single focal length , fixed-focus is often sufficient.

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This does cause a problem in that you need shorter focal length lenses to obtain the same effect.

full

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I always enjoyed walking the full length of the street to check how the other shops were faring.

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Then he simply extends the arrow to full length once more while appearing to cough the whole thing up again.

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The stick began to grow shorter at both ends.Then it shot out to full length again.

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Zips: the two-way zip is well protected inside with a baffle and has anti-snag webbing along its full length .

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He can still lie full length in it.

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Anthea turned out the light and stretched full length on the bed.

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Zips: the full length zip is protected inside with a zip baffle.

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He spread the strip out to full length .

great

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Cecil had expressed his own attitude at great length and less clarity a year or two before this.

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Yet Phillips climbed the wall anyway, went to great lengths to hurt his ex-girlfriend.

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It is likely that Celsus discussed the matter at greater length , and with greater clarity.

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Lombardi went to great lengths over the weekend to deny the Sharks were pursuing Gretzky.

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George Bush went to great lengths to keep out of his way on the campaign trail.

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Bartley goes to great lengths to make each kit as easy as possible.

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This subject was discussed at greater length in Chapter 9.

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And recently Tucson Water has gone to great lengths to become a private utility.

long

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The dredging and deepening of long lengths of the existing canal; 3.

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P would like to see the debt spread out over a longer length of time.

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Chunky long length bobble sweater, £269, in a variety of colours.

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I use long lengths of floating row cover, anchored with bricks and stones, on annual and perennial beds.

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Moulding planes are excellent to work with, but the job of producing long lengths of moulding can be very time-consuming.

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The paternoster I use is the genuine article, which entails a long bomb length and a short hook length.

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Uginox is lightweight, vandal resistant and can be laid in long lengths , eliminating the need for cross joints.

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Reaching the ridge, a logjam of bewildered novices develops. Long lengths of rope trail dangerously on the ground.

maximum

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Minimum length is one character and maximum length is 52 characters.

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The maximum length of stay is seven days; reservations must be requested no earlier than 30 days before travel.

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Once you know the maximum width and length required, you can decide which way the sheet will be laid.

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Action: The maximum length of any line which can be used in a module header is 255 characters.

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Unless otherwise specified, all fields have a maximum length of 20 characters, including colons, square brackets, etc.

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When the file is closed, the directory is updated to show the maximum used length of the file.

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There is a £3.50 entry fee per manuscript and a maximum length of 2,500 words.

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The shadows of the stones stretched to their maximum length , while the sun seemed to rest on the horizon.

short

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Film loops or mini-films are usually single concept films of a short length , say ten minutes.

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At breakfast a short length of bamboo was seen floating away behind the raft.

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Patients readmitted consistently had a shorter length of stay in all specialisms than non-readmitted patients.

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The human eye and brain are much happier reading short to medium length unjustified lines although books are conventionally justified.

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In the field, the tanker runs alongside the injector and feeds it via a short length of hose.

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Where a short length is required, you have to cut these notches yourself.

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There are several special fittings for doing this, including a short length of pipe and push-fit brass or plastic fittings.

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The paternoster I use is the genuine article, which entails a long bomb length and a short hook length.

total

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The total length of the basic training process is often debated.

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Therefore the total unraveled length of a network can be shortened by adding nodes to it!

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That figure is arrived at by multiplying the total length of traffic jams by their duration.

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Remember, the total length the leader should be 6 { feet or less.

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The section length occupied by the respective injury grades was expressed as a percentage of the total section length.

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The total length of the lines connecting those three cities is 3, 000 miles.

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The total length of the Aeschylean corpus, however, provides rather a narrow base for statistical treatment.

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This led to the line being extended thither, the total length then being 380 versts.

whole

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From the air she was able to see the whole length of the valley and she could only guess at its size.

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Keep your notes for at least a full year - and probably for the whole length of the course.

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Either that or using one player to dribble the whole length of the pitch.

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Often the whole length of the radial shields is visible and they may be bowed upwards in some specimens.

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Soundlessly, he swept his forearm down the whole length of the mantelpiece, scattering cards and ornaments alike.

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I discussed the whole issue at length with Vivienne and decided I should tough it out.

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The heat from this fire warmed the whole length and breadth of the bothy, a stone longhouse of one single room.

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The first autumn mists made it difficult to see the whole length of the reach.

■ VERB

cut

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If the outlet is directly over the pipe, simply cut the pipe to length and push it over the outlet connection.

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They are displayed whole at meat counters or are cut into short lengths and packaged.

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He cut off his shoulder length hair, put on a suit, and started dealing with bankers.

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This fastening can be cut to any length as it is available by the metre or sold in pre-packed form.

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An immigration-reform measure pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee would cut the length of employment to three years, but Sen.

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They were straightened, then cut to length on a saw, drilled, and placed adjacent to their assembly points.

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The aluminium tube is then cut to length as required with a hacksaw.

discuss

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The Polytechnic Chaplaincy was discussed at some length .

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He discussed at length the procedures of advanced research: tales of meticulous quests for elusive sources.

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The criteria employed for the weeding process are discussed at some length in Chapter 11.

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Although seemingly obvious, this principle is quite slippery and difficult to follow for reasons discussed at length in the next chapter.

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The service developments which followed the Home Support Project will be discussed at greater length in the final chapter.

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This subject was discussed at greater length in Chapter 9.

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These are the ones we have already discussed at length , such as surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

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There are many reasons for this, which Romaine discusses at some length .

go

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Dealers, sometimes surreptitiously encouraged by their firms, would go to great lengths to extract information from employees of rival firms.

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Not worth investigating, never mind going to the lengths of deadly sabotage.

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The Medieval church went to some lengths to specify the roles of particular stones in religious imagery.

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Reporters will also go to desperate lengths to get invitations to the White House Christmas party.

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George Bush went to great lengths to keep out of his way on the campaign trail.

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We go to great lengths to keep track of what a robber did, but none to find out where he went.

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But 50-year-old Thaw has gone to extreme lengths to keep his location secret and has turned into a virtual recluse.

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The locals go to suicidal lengths to overtake vehicles travelling only marginally slower than themselves.

reach

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He opened the door, allowing it to reach only the length of the chain.

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It reaches a length of about a foot, but is commonly seen at five to six inches.

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Another favoured prey item is the giant squid, which can reach lengths of 12m.

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Giraffe catfish can reach a length well in excess of two feet in their natural environment.

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Most are small, about five inches, but some reach a foot in length .

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Shubunkins and comets are slower growing but can still reach a length of 8-10 inches.

run

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Next door, the living room is large and beautifully proportioned, running the length of the house.

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Then Red runs the length of the court, grabs a pass, drives to the basket and sinks one.

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A prickling sensation running the length of her spine told her that Rourke had made an appearance.

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Rumor was that this tiger had special powers hidden in the dark-black stripes that ran the length of its rich orange-colored coat.

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A long corridor ran down the length of the building with doors leading off on both sides.

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The closet was deep and wide, but it only ran half the length of the wall.

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Kadan was stretched out across a couch which was placed under one of the windows which ran the length of the room.

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A groined passage ran along the length of the site connecting both offices, with the stairs leading off it.

stretch

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I swung my boots up on to the bed and stretched out full length .

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And the line, which stretched nearly the length of Mizner Park, moved quickly.

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Eliot was stretched the length of his iron bedstead.

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The field of battle which our commanding generals selected stretched its length for six miles through that great forest....

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Anthea turned out the light and stretched full length on the bed.

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Horton had stretched lengths of fabric, also figured, over the doors, creating a deep, cave-like illusion.

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The exit was impossible to reach as this abyss stretched the length of the floor.

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The Headmaster turned towards a row of small carts sitting on a miniature railway track that stretched the length of the corridor.

vary

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Because games may vary slightly in length you may not start at the exact time given.

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There was a concatenation of ladies that he squired around for varying lengths of time.

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Depending upon the style of kungfu being practised, the forms vary in length and degrees of difficulty.

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The Koran is a book divided into 114 suras of varying length , from a few lines to several pages.

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However, the slats are of varying lengths and the barrel is leaking.

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Different tasks require varying lengths of time to complete.

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Somerville-1941 Special Report Degree courses vary in length , but because of the war our stay at Somerville varied even more.

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Ideally you should vary your sentence length , establishing a rhythm for your writing.

walk

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I always enjoyed walking the full length of the street to check how the other shops were faring.

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We walked the length of South Finger with its series of wooden hides.

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I would have to walk the length of the shed to reach him.

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She had to walk nearly its full length before finding a seat in a non-smoking carriage.

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He picked up the ball and walked the length of the yard with six of us hanging on him.

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She walked the length of the street without finding the office.

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The girl rose, put her comic down, and walked the length of the car to the toilet.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

hold sth at arm's length

keep/hold sb at arm's length

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Economic policies kept the Soviet Union and Japan at arm's length during the Cold War.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

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Actually, no-one has legs of exactly equal length .

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Aksar won by three lengths.

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Do you want your hair at the back to be the same length as the sides?

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Greene's book is less than half the length of most novels.

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I like the length of this skirt.

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Measure the length of all three sides of the triangle.

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Ron swims several lengths every morning.

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The average length of a stay in the hospital has dropped sharply.

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The leaves reach 20-25 cm in length .

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The two pieces or rope were unequal in length .

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The windows stretch across the whole length of the wall.

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These fish can grow to a length of four feet.

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Try these trousers, they look about the right length .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

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At ten lengths the furthest Pfalz turned to meet the attack, far too late.

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Bear in mind that all sections must add up to the overall length measurement.

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For most of its length it didn't look hard enough and then, with its final roll, it fell in.

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In silence, they watched the man's progress along the length of the corridor.

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The service developments which followed the Home Support Project will be discussed at greater length in the final chapter.

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This in turn led to criticism of the length and complexity of documents that customers were being asked to sign.

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Thread a small length of round elastic through the base of the puppet.