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guidepost

[gahyd-pohst] /ˈgaɪdˌpoʊst/
noun
1.
a post, usually mounted on the roadside or at the intersection of two or more roads, bearing a sign for the guidance of travelers.
2.
anything serving as a guide; guideline.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; guide + post1
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Examples for guidepost
  • It is a helpful guidepost to those wanting provide their dairy cows fresh pasture for as long as their growing season permits.
  • Rather, an opinion is issued as a guidepost to licensees who wish to engage in safe nursing practice.
  • These three goals are the guidepost for all of our police reform efforts.
British Dictionary definitions for guidepost

guidepost

/ˈɡaɪdˌpəʊst/
noun
1.
a sign on a post by a road indicating directions
2.
a principle or guideline
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Word Origin and History for guidepost
n.

also guide-post, 1761, from guide (v.) + post (n.1).

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