The Bellinghman (bellinghman) wrote,
The Bellinghman
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Inappropriate use of conversion

From this article
The departure terminal was evacuated and a 656ft (200m) cordon put in place as a precautionary measure.
Err, did the police really measure the distance out to the nearest foot? I think not.

Better in such a case to list it as 200 yards (200m).

EDIT: oldbloke suggests "about a furlong", which has the double advantages of implying less actual accuracy, and of being little more than 0.5% different from the metric distance.
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