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signpost

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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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Examples from the Web for sign-posts

Historical Examples

  • They mean us to use them for sign-posts we mistake the sign-post for the destination.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead nowhere.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • The refrains act like sign-posts to help the child to mark the progress.

    Here and Now Story Book

    Lucy Sprague Mitchell

  • "Dangerous passin," as the sign-posts say, abaout these times.'

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • "You ought to have sign-posts," said Chubbins, who had once been in a city.

    Twinkle and Chubbins

    L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum


British Dictionary definitions for sign-posts

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-posts

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper