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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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But it happened there was no danger, for the cat took not the least notice of me when my master placed me within three yards of her.
Hardly had we done so, when from the pool, about a hundred yards off, we heard the strident trumpeting of an elephant.
Five of them were leading, all abreast, and were scarce two hundred yards from us.
That is Jacobson's Yard," said Holmes, pointing to a bristle of masts and rigging on the Surrey side.
and clattering and thundering over the stones two horses dashed into the yard with a heavy engine behind them.
I saw her walking on them at the end of the yard of casks.
And if there's any light to be got up the yard as you talk on, we've need of it i' this world, and I'd be glad on it myself, if you could bring it back.
Take it, mistress housekeeper; open the window and fling it into the yard and lay the foundation of the pile for the bonfire we are to make.
This frightened him dreadfully, and away he ran to the back door; but there the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg; and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him; and the cock, who had been awakened by the noise, crowed with all his might.
Success followed as it will when one longs to fail; and one fine evening I returned to Ham Common with a card from the Convict Supervision Office, New Scotland Yard, which I treasure to this day.
So you are Inspector Jacks from Scotland Yard," he remarked.
There was no one else in the yard except a stranger, the cook's husband, who had come for the holiday.