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 Measure Strength (To).Measure for Measure (Shakespeare). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Measure Swords (To).
 
To fight a duel with swords. In such cases the seconds measure the swords to see that both are of one length.   1
        “So we measured swords and parted.”—Shakespeare: As You Like It, v. 4.
 


 Measure Strength (To).Measure for Measure (Shakespeare). 

 
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