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yardstick

[yahrd-stik] /ˈyɑrdˌstɪk/
noun
1.
a stick a yard long, commonly marked with subdivisions, used for measuring.
2.
any standard of measurement or judgment:
Test scores are not the only yardstick of academic achievement.
Origin of yardstick
1810-1820
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20; yard1 + stick1
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  • The holes in the yardstick must be large enough to let the head of this nail through.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Put the middle hole of the yardstick over the nail, as is shown in Figure 27.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Put the end hole of the yardstick on the nail, as shown in Figure 28.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Miss Pamela cleared her throat and pointed with the yardstick.

  • That yardstick keeps all the other fellows at a distance, too.

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for yardstick

yardstick

/ˈjɑːdˌstɪk/
noun
1.
a measure or standard used for comparison: on what kind of yardstick is he basing his criticism?
2.
a graduated stick, one yard long, used for measurement
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Word Origin and History for yardstick
n.

1816, from yard (n.2) + stick (n.).

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