I. noun Date: 1884 a piece of lumber approximately 2 by 4 inches as sawed and usually 1 5/8 by 3 5/8 inches when dressed II. adjective Date: 1897 1. small or petty of its kind <
this house and its two-by-four garden — Philip Barry
2. measuring two units (as inches) by four

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