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Meaning of yard-of-ale

yard-of-ale

Pronunciation: (yärd'uv-āl'), [key]
— n.
  1. a trumpet-shaped glass about 3 ft. (1 m) long with a bulb at the closed end, for serving ale or beer.
  2. the amount contained in such a glass. Also called
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