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BUTT. A measure of capacity, equal to one hundred and eight gallons. See Measure.

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When Robin was a youth of eighteen, stout of sinew and bold of heart, the Sheriff of Nottingham proclaimed a shooting match and offered a prize of a butt of ale to whosoever should shoot the best shaft in Nottinghamshire.
Now," quoth he, "my bow and eke mine arrows are as good as shine; and moreover, I go to the shooting match at Nottingham Town, which same has been proclaimed by our good Sheriff of Nottinghamshire; there I will shoot with other stout yeomen, for a prize has been offered of a fine butt of ale.
The dandy's toe strayed privily to feel out the butts of the Sniders under the green leaves, and Ishikola was loth to depart.
Without turning his head, his right hand unconsciously dropping close to the butt of the automatic, Van Horn commanded: "You fella Tambi.
Less than ten blacks had been known to rush a blackbirder officered by no more than two white men, and Van Horn's hand closed on the butt of his automatic, although he did not pull it clear of the holster, and although, with his left hand, he directed the cigar to his mouth and puffed it lively alight.
If any rummy thinks he can butt in on you an' me, he'll learn different, an' I'm the little boy that'll learn 'm.
This might have been, but for you, a cheery lass--Peter Butt and Rose a happy man and wife, in a snug farm, with a hearty family; and an honest portion of pleasures, cares, hopes and struggles--but a title and a coach and four are toys more precious than happiness in Vanity Fair: and if Harry the Eighth or Bluebeard were alive now, and wanted a tenth wife, do you suppose he could not get the prettiest girl that shall be presented this season?
There we sat, on our tall scaffold, the butt of the hate and mockery of all those enemies.
Western Australians are being urged to report litterbugs - potential firebugs - who flick cigarette butts out of vehicle windows.
KIT LIST YOU'LL NEED TO BUILD A WATER BUTT To do this job you will need: A water butt (with stand, to raise it off the ground) A water butt diverter kit, to match your downpipe A tape measure A spirit level A hack saw A drill with a 25mm bit A rubber mallet (or block of wood and a hammer) A concrete paving slab and sharp sand (if fitting on an uneven surface) BE SURE TO RAISE YOUR BUTT OFF THE GROUND Depending on how much space you have, you can buy water butts that hold various volumes of water, from 25 litres up to over 500 litres.
An Iranian researcher at RMIT University in Australia has demonstrated how bricks made with cigarette butts can save energy, not to mention denting a global littering problem.
Butts followed her from the pub and picked up a kitchen knife.