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guidepost

[gahyd-pohst]
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noun
  1. a post, usually mounted on the roadside or at the intersection of two or more roads, bearing a sign for the guidance of travelers.
  2. anything serving as a guide; guideline.
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Origin of guidepost

First recorded in 1755–65; guide + post1
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Examples from the Web for guidepost

Historical Examples

  • Then they walked to the angle of the roads where the guidepost stood.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • General Grant was the guidepost of a victorious war, and a landmark of a magnanimous peace.

  • About half a mile from the town a guidepost and two roads, to Edinburgh and Glasgow; we took the left-hand road, to Glasgow.

  • All language can achieve is to act as a guidepost to the imagination enabling the reader to recreate the author's insight.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann


British Dictionary definitions for guidepost

guidepost

noun
  1. a sign on a post by a road indicating directions
  2. a principle or guideline
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Word Origin and History for guidepost

n.

also guide-post, 1761, from guide (v.) + post (n.1).

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