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yard·stick

yardstick

 
pronunciation:
yard stIk
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a measuring stick three feet long.
definition 2: a rule or standard against which something is compared or judged.
By the yardstick of his family's success in business, he was failing.Grades are the yardstick of success in school.
similar words:
precedent, standard
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