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guideline

[gahyd-lahyn] /ˈgaɪdˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
any guide or indication of a future course of action:
guidelines on the government's future policy.
2.
a lightly marked line used as a guide, as in composing a drawing, a typed page, or a line of lettering.
3.
a rope or cord that serves to guide one's steps, especially over rocky terrain, through underground passages, etc.
4.
a rope or wire used in guiding the movement of stage scenery or curtains being raised or lowered.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism; guide + line1
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guideline

/ˈɡaɪdˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a principle put forward to set standards or determine a course of action
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Word Origin and History for guide line

guideline

n.

1785, "line marked on a surface before cutting," from guide + line (n.). Meaning "rope for steering a hot-air balloon" is from 1846. In figurative use by 1948. Related: Guidelines.

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