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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCALE DOWN

But the eating and drinking must scale down to what I think is right.

Your man brought the scale down at thirteen-three, and Harrison at thirteen-eight.

If we begin this legislation by taking in all trades, we have got to scale down our schedule of compensation.

The bass Miss Margie had caught carried the spring scale down to twelve and a quarter.

It could not in law or equity "scale down" its deposits to make good any losses—a feature peculiar to the mutual institution.

There is no such thing as an exterior will outside the man's brain, to push one scale down with a finger.

It was necessary to scale down the scanner's field to see the huge shape in its entirety.

Such a saddle, brand new, will weigh about 14 lbs., and at the end of a season will pull the scale down at 18 to 20 lbs.

WORD ORIGIN

"skin plates on fish or snakes," c.1300, from Old French escale "cup, scale, shell pod, husk" (12c., Modern French écale) "scale, husk," from Frankish *skala or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *skælo "split, divide" (cf. Dutch schaal "a scale, husk," Old High German scala "shell," Gothic skalja "tile," Old English scealu "shell, husk"), from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut, cleave, split" (cf. Latin culter "knife," scalpere "to cut, scrape;" Old Church Slavonic skolika "mussel, shell," Russian skala "rind, bark," Lithuanian skelti "split," Old English scell "shell," scalu "drinking cup, bowl, scale of a balance").

In reference to humans, as a condition of certain skin diseases, it is attested from c.1400. As what falls from one's eye when blindness ends (usually figurative), it echoes Acts ix:18 (Latin tanquam squamæ, Greek hosei lepides).

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