Gauge stuff

Related to Gauge stuff: gage
a stiff and compact plaster, used in making cornices, moldings, etc., by means of a templet.
- Knight.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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At first i thought whoever came up with that gauge stuff was probably related, at least spiritually, with the gents who dreamt up the official weight of a stone being 14 pounds, 100 pounds of butter a firkin, or that one third of a dram is a scruple.