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 Mean’der (3 syl.).Measure Strength (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Measure.
 
Out of all measure.Outre mesure.” Beyond all reasonable degree, “Præter (or supra) modum.   1
        “Thus out of measure sad.”—Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing, i.3.
   To take the measure of one’s foot. To ascertain how far a person will venture; to make a shrewd guess of another’s character. The allusion is to “Ex pede Herculem.   2
 


 Mean’der (3 syl.).Measure Strength (To). 

 
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