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PIPE, Eng. laid. The name of a roll in the exchequer otherwise called the Great Roll. A measure containing two hogsheads; one hundred and twenty-six gallons is also called a pipe.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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His Globe theater was a profitable enterprise, charging only a penny for standing space (a third of the cost of a pipeful of tobacco), but able to accommodate an audience of 3,000.
Broadband is the answer, of course - a huge pipeful of cutting edge content pumped into your home 24 hours a day, including live racing from attheraces.co.uk and gg.com, without even tying up your phone line or running up call charges.
The downside is that once a pipeful wears off in about 20 minutes, crack users can become extremely restless, anxious, irritable, and, occasionally, paranoid.