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"two-by-four" in British English

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two-by-fournoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌtuː.baɪˈfɔːr/  us   /-ˈfɔːr/
a ​standardsize of ​finishedwood used for ​building that ​measuresslightly less than two incheswide and four inchesdeep and can be ​cut to ​variouslengths, or ​wood of this ​size: You'll need four eight-foot two-by-fours to ​frame out that ​wall. a two-by-four ​board
(Definition of two-by-four from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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two-by-fournoun [C]

(also 2x4)  us   /ˈtu·bɑɪˌfɔr/
a ​standardsize for ​cutpieces of ​wood used for ​building, ​measuring about two ​inchesthick and four ​incheswide
(Definition of two-by-four from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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