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Self-retracting metal tape measure (US customary)
A sliced tape measure

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tape measure (plural tape measures)

  1. A graduated flexible ribbon used for measuring lengths.
    • 1907, Barbara Baynton, edited by Sally Krimmer and Alan Lawson, Human Toll (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 126:
      Reappearing, tape-measure in hand, he went into the bedroom and took slow and accurate measurements, whistling delightedly to find that his pre-mortem theoretical calculations and post-mortem practical measurements hardly varied.

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