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signpost

[sahyn-pohst]
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noun
  1. a post bearing a sign that gives information or guidance.
  2. any immediately perceptible indication, obvious clue, etc.
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide (a place, route, etc.) with signposts.

Origin of signpost

First recorded in 1610–20; sign + post1
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British Dictionary definitions for sign-posting

signpost

noun
  1. a post bearing a sign that shows the way, as at a roadside
  2. something that serves as a clue or indication; sign
verb (tr; usually passive)
  1. to mark with signposts
  2. to indicate direction towardsthe camp site is signposted from the road
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Word Origin and History for sign-posting

signpost

n.

also sign-post, 1610s, "sign on a post, usually indicating an inn or shop," from sign (n.) + post (n.1). Meaning "guide- or direction-post along a road" is attested from 1863. Figurative sense is from 1889.

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