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plumb line
used in Gulliver's Travels

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a cord from which a metal weight is suspended to indicate a straight line downward (or to measure depth)
  • I kneeled down, and they raised a ladder from the ground to my neck; upon this ladder one of them mounted, and let fall a plumb-line from my collar to the floor, which just answered the length of my coat: but my waist and arms I measured myself.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (74% in)

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