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yardstick (n.)

also yard-stick, 1797, from yard (n.2) + stick (n.).

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Definitions of yardstick

yardstick (n.)
a measure or standard used for comparison;
on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?
yardstick (n.)
a ruler or tape that is three feet long;
Synonyms: yard measure
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