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Hand

A unit of length equivalent to four inches. It is used in the sale and use of horses.
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I caught a drop of oil that fell from your knee-joint," confessed Ojo.
I'm afraid I shall have to scold the fellow, for I can't be dropping oil wherever I go.
And that oil oozed up and ruined the sunset; and as for the moonbeams, they positively reeked of paraffine.
At the end of that trip we met together at midnight in a lonely field, under a blasted oak, and took an awful oath (we had been swearing for a whole week about the thing in an ordinary, middle-class way, but this was a swell affair) - an awful oath never to take paraffine oil with us in a boat again-except, of course, in case of sickness.
Next the Wizard poured a pool of oil from the can upon the glass floor, where it covered quite a broad surface.
We cannot forbear giving the following remarkable page from the history of the times, to show how the need for reinvestment of the Standard Oil surplus crushed out small capitalists and hastened the breakdown of the capitalist system.
He had reached the limit of profitable investment of profits in the oil industry.
Of course I make more money with the Standard Oil Company and I'm only telling you," he added.
But Ulysses said, "Young women, please to stand a little on one side that I may wash the brine from my shoulders and anoint myself with oil, for it is long enough since my skin has had a drop of oil upon it.
He rushed downstairs and sent somebody--they said the furnace man or somebody in the basement--out to a drug store for some oil and things to bind it up with.
You must go to New Bedford to see a brilliant wedding; for, they say, they have reservoirs of oil in every house, and every night recklessly burn their lengths in spermaceti candles.
Bounderby, 'when I was four or five years younger than you, I had worse bruises upon me than ten oils, twenty oils, forty oils, would have rubbed off.