carpenter's rule

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a rule used by a carpenter

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Like any other community, mind your P's and Q's, always apply the carpenter's rule, and remember: Opinions are like a**h***s-everybody's got one."
The skull had been caved in, but there were enough familiar features - most notably a carpenter's rule - to identify the corpse as that of Richard Heming.
It's a warning that may be implicitly inscribed in one of the many subtle but thought-provoking pieces in the show: a carpenter's rule whose numbers have been gently veiled by a thin layer of white paint.
Aristotle was also of the opinion that it is wrong to prevent a judge by playing on his emotions--"one might as well warp a carpenter's rule before using it."
Another "classic" use for box is the carpenter's rule. As Hughes notes, "The traditional carpenter's ruler has always been known as a boxwood rule, and early architects' and mathematicians' instruments tended to be made from the same material." It is still used for measuring instruments, rulers and engraving.