Origin of yardstick
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When decisions had to be taken, she attempted to guess what Albert would have done and used this as her yardstick.
The yardstick, in other words, is not how a Palestinian group treats its own people but how it treats Israel.The Pro-Palestinian Left's Hamas Blindspot
March 8, 2013
Like continuity, it provides a yardstick against which we can measure ourselves.9 Best Life Lessons From ‘How the Queen Can Make You Happy’
September 13, 2012
That sense of sustained struggle provides the yardstick for judging Obama.How the Recession May Save Obama
August 1, 2012
“$40 million, $50 million a year is excessive, no matter what the yardstick,” he says.He’s One of the Nation’s Highest-Paid CEOs—and You’ve Never Heard of Him
January 2, 2012
Put the end hole of the yardstick on the nail, as shown in Figure 28.
Put the middle hole of the yardstick over the nail, as is shown in Figure 27.
The holes in the yardstick must be large enough to let the head of this nail through.
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
- a measure or standard used for comparisonon what kind of yardstick is he basing his criticism?
- a graduated stick, one yard long, used for measurement
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Word Origin and History for yardstick
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