By the yard

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Hi everybody,

I don't undersand "by the yard" in this case:

‘But if I paint Henry, I must flatter, I suppose. Show him how he was five years ago. Or ten.’

‘Stick to five. He will think you are mocking him.’

Hans draws his finger across his throat, buckles at the knees, thrusts out his tongue like a man

hanged; it seems he envisages every method of execution.

‘An easy majesty would be called for,’ he says.

Hans beams. ‘I can do it by the yard.’

(Wolf Hall).

Thank you.
  • Glasguensis

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    English - Scotland
    It is an expression used when indicating that a vendor can provide something in bulk (or wholesale). It is being used metaphorically here to mean that Hans will be able to do something easily.
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