signpost

[sahyn-pohst]
noun
1.
a post bearing a sign that gives information or guidance.
2.
any immediately perceptible indication, obvious clue, etc.
verb (used with object)
3.
to provide (a place, route, etc.) with signposts.

Origin:
1610–20; sign + post1

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signpost (ˈsaɪnˌpəʊst)
 
n
1.  a post bearing a sign that shows the way, as at a roadside
2.  something that serves as a clue or indication; sign
 
vb
3.  to mark with signposts
4.  to indicate direction towards: the camp site is signposted from the road

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signpost
1620, "sign on a post, usually indicating an inn or shop," from sign (n.) + post (n.). Meaning "guide- or direction-post along a road" is attested from 1863. Fig. sense is from 1889.
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Example sentences
We tend to get stuck at some signpost, proclaiming it the ultimate light.
For him the netsuke, so small and captivating, were not enough as a mere
  signpost to a family history.
Every side road had a signpost warning of the unwisdom of photography and the
  presence of military installations.
It was not so much an actual date as a signpost indicating the distant future.
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