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.

Origin of guidepost

First recorded in 1755–65; guide + post1
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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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