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CORD, measures. A cord of wood must, when the wood is piled close, measure eight feet by four, and the wood must be four feet long. There are various local regulations in our principal cities as to the manner in which wood shall be measured and sold.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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CAUGHT RED-HANDED: One thief cuts the cord and grabs the can before passing it to his accomplice who stashes it down his trousers before they both leave; SICKENED: Mohammed Mesbah
cement bricks, 1970, cinder blocks are suspended by long ropes above "light vulnerable objects" - a bouquet of flowers in a vase, pillows, eggs, lightbulbs, a birthday cake - until Ader cuts the cord; tension and suspense over, the cinder blocks fall to collide with the objects below.