guide-line

guideline

[gahyd-lahyn]
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:
1775–85, Americanism; guide + line1

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guideline (ˈɡaɪdˌlaɪn)
 
n
a principle put forward to set standards or determine a course of action

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