YARD-STICK

yardstick

[yahrd-stik]
noun
1.
a stick a yard long, commonly marked with subdivisions, used for measuring.
2.
any standard of measurement or judgment: Test scores are not the only yardstick of academic achievement.

Origin:
1810–20, Americanism; yard1 + stick1

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yardstick (ˈjɑːdˌstɪk)
 
n
1.  a measure or standard used for comparison: on what kind of yardstick is he basing his criticism?
2.  a graduated stick, one yard long, used for measurement

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