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We are just sizing up the situation, to find out how much is gone.

Nor was that veteran questioner long in sizing up the cause.

The leaders paused, and sizing up the situation, came on at a run.

After that he walked about sizing up things as he called it.

“You seem to be recovering quickly,” he said, sizing up Death in his chair.

They circled, warily, watching for an opening, sizing up the other.

There he dwelt with him, giving him easy exercise and sizing up the other horses.

I fancied I saw you sizing up that piece of architecture at the door.

Sizing up the situation, I knew I must have a drink, but how was I to get it?

The boys waited for Mr. Temple to take the initiative, and he was sizing up the situation.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "an ordinance to fix the amount of a payment or tax," from Old French sise, shortened form of assise "session, assessment, regulation, manner" (see assize), probably a misdivision of l'assise as la sise. The sense of "extent, amount, volume, magnitude" (c.1300) is from the notion of regulating something by fixing the amount of it (weights, food portions, etc.). Specific sense of "set of dimensions of a manufactured article for sale" is attested from 1590s.

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