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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The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC), in collaboration with Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles, has announced the recall of Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, GLE-Class and ML-Class models of 2012-2016 because the hydraulic oil gauge stick does not conform to the manufacturer's standard.
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.