scantle

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scantle

(ˈskæntəl)
n
1. a small or scant amount
2. a measure or gauge used in slate-making
vb
3. (tr) to offer a small provision to someone; to stint
4. to make or become scant
5. (tr) to alter to a required measurement
6. (tr) to shorten or draw in
7. (tr) to divide and distribute something; to parcel out
8. (intr) to be deficient or inadequate; to fail
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Raising a disbelieving eyebrow, I asked the old storyteller what gauge stick he used--uh, bad decision.
His right thumb then spread out the inside base of the pot while the left hand, thumb on the inside and curled fingers on the outside, lifted and spread open the upward-moving unravelling clay, raising it above the gauge stick which protruded from a lump of clay jammed over the edge of the wheel trough.
To tile a plain uninterrupted wall use a gauge stick to plan horizontal rows starting at skirting level.