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YARD. A measure of length, containing three feet, or thirty-six inches.

YARD, estates. A piece of land enclosed for the use and accommodation of the inhabitants of a house. In England it is nearly synonymous with backside. (q.v.) 1 Chitty, Pr. 176; 1 T. R. 701.

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I never was easy i' this street myself, but I was fond o' Lantern Yard.
I answered as loud as I could in several languages, and he often laid his ear within two yards of me: but all in vain, for we were wholly unintelligible to each other.
In that case," said the housekeeper, "here, into the yard with them
It was nearly four hours since Raffles had stolen away from my side in the ominous precincts of Scotland Yard.
Inspector Jacks did not at once return to Scotland Yard.
Turning back to look, he saw, scarcely fifty yards above him, the falling of a huge Zeppelin.
And gathering up the leather reins fastened together by a brass ring, Nikita took the driver's seat and started the impatient horse over the frozen manure which lay in the yard, towards the gate.
And, trembling, pale, and gasping for breath, he pointed to the gibbet at the other side of the yard, with the cynical inscription surmounting it.
That is Jacobson's Yard," said Holmes, pointing to a bristle of masts and rigging on the Surrey side.
Fentolin remarked, "but is it really true that you have had enquiries from Scotland Yard about the poor fellow up-stairs?
After looking round the parlor, Levin went out in the back yard.
Now they came rushing through the jail, calling to each other in the vaulted passages; clashing the iron gates dividing yard from yard; beating at the doors of cells and wards; wrenching off bolts and locks and bars; tearing down the door-posts to get men out; endeavouring to drag them by main force through gaps and windows where a child could scarcely pass; whooping and yelling without a moment's rest; and running through the heat and flames as if they were cased in metal.