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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide (a place, route, etc.) with signposts.
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Origin of signpost

First recorded in 1610–20; sign + post1
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Examples from the Web for signpost

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  • "As that is the case, you have no right to have that signpost at the end of the lane," I retorted.

  • The column marching on and passing a signpost, each unit read what it had to say.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • A signpost told him that the dusty ribbon was the Nine-Mile road.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Michael nodded, saluting, so to speak, the signpost into the future as he passed it.

    Michael

    E. F. Benson

  • Surely he must presently come to some village, or some signpost.

    The Magic World

    Edith Nesbit


British Dictionary definitions for signpost

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
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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 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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