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At Lyons, material was sometimes sold for as much as six hundred francs an ell.

Gawd love you, guv'nor, they'd fight 'ell's blazes, them chaps would!

The ell is used as a kitchen, dining-room and storehouse combined.

The room was a fairly large one, situated in an ell at the rear of the building.

Back of the main portion of the saloon was an ell, and it was in this ell that the fire had started.

Thirty feet by twelve, and an ell for cooking and an ell for stowage.

There 's a leetle word as begins with L. L, I mean, not 'ell.

E sent Donnelly to 'ell, and 'e's sending me there, too, curse 'im!

"Give her an inch, and she'll take an ell," she had said to herself.

Ere, said he at last, jerking his head and rubbing his jaw, how the ell did you do it?

WORD ORIGIN

"unit of measure of 45 inches," Old English eln, originally "forearm, length of the arm" (as a measure, anywhere from a foot and a half to two feet), from PIE *el- (1) "elbow, forearm" (cf. Greek olene "elbow," Latin ulna, Armenian uln "shoulder," Sanskrit anih "part of the leg above the knee," Lithuanian alkune "elbow").

The exact distance varied, depending on whose arm was used as the base and whether it was measured from the shoulder to the fingertip or the wrist: the Scottish ell was 37.2 inches, the Flemish 27 inches. Latin ulna also was a unit of linear measure, and cf. cubit.

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