Fuss


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Fuss

A German unit of length. Its measure varied in different German-speaking areas, but generally was between 250 and 400 millimeters. It became obsolete with the adoption of the metric system in the 1870s.
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And indeed, if the truth is to be told, what I eat in my corner without form or fuss has much more relish for me, even though it be bread and onions, than the turkeys of those other tables where I am forced to chew slowly, drink little, wipe my mouth every minute, and cannot sneeze or cough if I want or do other things that are the privileges of liberty and solitude.
I had half a mind to follow, till I remembered how he detested any fuss about himself.
He would have made such a fuss, I should not have known where to hide my head.
Come, come," said Andrea, "sheathe your sword, my fine fellow; there is no occasion to make such a fuss, since I give myself up;" and he held out his hands to be manacled.
Indeed, Monsieur Bwikov is quite angry about the fuss which these fripperies are entailing, seeing that there remain but five days before the wedding, and we are to depart on the following day.
And to hear HIM make a fuss about too much sail on the ship seemed one of those incredible experiences that take place only in one's dreams.
Why, yes, sir; but that's nothing to make a fuss about.
It is a peculiarity among these people, that, when engaged in an employment, they always make a prodigious fuss about it.
I looked upon him as the sort of person to be made a fuss with, and to make a fuss himself in any trifling disorder, and was chiefly concerned for those who had to nurse him; but now it is confidently asserted that he is really in a decline, that the symptoms are most alarming, and that part of the family, at least, are aware of it.
Though you fuss and fuss, you don't even know what you're talking about.
I smiled at the black gentleman, and said I thought we were going to have the carriage to ourselves; and he laughed pleasantly, and said that some people made such a fuss over a little thing.
He had in the highest degree a practical tenacity which Pierre lacked, and without fuss or strain on his part this set things going.