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 for To measure swords with one
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Measure \Meas"ure\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Measured; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Measuring.] [F. mesurer, L. mensurare. See Measure,
     n.]
     1. To ascertain by use of a measuring instrument; to compute
        or ascertain the extent, quantity, dimensions, or capacity
        of, by a certain rule or standard; to take the dimensions
        of; hence, to estimate; to judge of; to value; to
        appraise.
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              Great are thy works, Jehovah, infinite
              Thy power! what thought can measure thee? --Milton.
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     2. To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures
        changes of temperature.
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     3. To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off
        and determining the distance.
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              A true devoted pilgrim is not weary
              To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps. --Shak.
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     4. To adjust by a rule or standard.
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              To secure a contented spirit, measure your desires
              by your fortunes, not your fortunes by your desires.
                                                    --Jer. Taylor.
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     5. To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by
        measure; -- often with out or off.
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              With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to
              you again.                            --Matt. vii.
                                                    2.
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              That portion of eternity which is called time,
              measured out by the sun.              --Addison.
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     To measure swords with one, to try another's skill in the
        use of the sword; hence, figuratively, to match one's
        abilities against an antagonist's.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sword \Sword\ (s[=o]rd), n. [OE. swerd, AS. sweord; akin to
     OFries. swerd, swird, D. zwaard, OS. swerd, OHG. swert, G.
     schwert, Icel. sver[eth], Sw. sv[aum]rd, Dan. svaerd; of
     uncertain origin.]
     1. An offensive weapon, having a long and usually
        sharp-pointed blade with a cutting edge or edges. It is
        the general term, including the small sword, rapier,
        saber, scimiter, and many other varieties.
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     2. Hence, the emblem of judicial vengeance or punishment, or
        of authority and power.
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              He [the ruler] beareth not the sword in vain. --Rom.
                                                    xiii. 4.
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              She quits the balance, and resigns the sword.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     3. Destruction by the sword, or in battle; war; dissension.
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              I came not to send peace, but a sword. --Matt. x.
                                                    34.
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     4. The military power of a country.
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              He hath no more authority over the sword than over
              the law.                              --Milton.
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     5. (Weaving) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand
        loom is suspended.
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     Sword arm, the right arm.
  
     Sword bayonet, a bayonet shaped somewhat like a sword, and
        which can be used as a sword.
  
     Sword bearer, one who carries his master's sword; an
        officer in London who carries a sword before the lord
        mayor when he goes abroad.
  
     Sword belt, a belt by which a sword is suspended, and borne
        at the side.
  
     Sword blade, the blade, or cutting part, of a sword.
  
     Sword cane, a cane which conceals the blade of a sword or
        dagger, as in a sheath.
  
     Sword dance.
        (a) A dance in which swords are brandished and clashed
            together by the male dancers. --Sir W. Scott.
        (b) A dance performed over swords laid on the ground, but
            without touching them.
  
     Sword fight, fencing; a combat or trial of skill with
        swords; swordplay.
  
     Sword grass. (Bot.) See Gladen.
  
     Sword knot, a ribbon tied to the hilt of a sword.
  
     Sword law, government by the sword, or by force; violence.
        --Milton.
  
     Sword lily. (Bot.) See Gladiolus.
  
     Sword mat (Naut.), a mat closely woven of yarns; -- so
        called from a wooden implement used in its manufacture.
  
     Sword shrimp (Zool.), a European shrimp ({Pasiphaea
        sivado) having a very thin, compressed body.
  
     Sword stick, a sword cane.
  
     To measure swords with one. See under Measure, v. t.
  
     To put to the sword. See under Put.
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