[ yahrd-stik ]
/ ˈyɑrdˌstɪk /


a stick a yard long, commonly marked with subdivisions, used for measuring.
any standard of measurement or judgment: Test scores are not the only yardstick of academic achievement.



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Origin of yardstick

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; yard1 + stick1

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British Dictionary definitions for yardstick

/ (ˈjɑːdˌstɪk) /


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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