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[mahyl-pohst] /ˈmaɪlˌpoʊst/
any of a series of posts set up to mark distance by miles, as along a highway, or an individual post showing the distance to or from a place.
a notable point or significant event in the progress or development of something; milestone.
Origin of milepost
An Americanism dating back to 1760-70; mile + post1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I am sure no man of brilliant mind can pass this milepost and not hitch his team and do some precious loading.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy Andrew T. Still
  • Each major step was a milepost in the developing unity, strength and resolute will of the free nations.

  • It is the milepost between the time that was and the time that is, that flask, and to it we owe the single standard of drinking.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • Close to the line was a milepost indicating that a certain Dutch town was two miles west.

British Dictionary definitions for milepost


(horse racing) a marking post on a racecourse a mile before the finishing line
(mainly US & Canadian) a signpost that shows the distance in miles to or from a place Also called (esp Brit) milestone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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