Yardstick meaning

yärd'stĭk'
A measuring rod thirty-six inches long.
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Any test or standard used in measuring, judging, etc.
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A graduated measuring stick one yard in length.
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A test, standard, or model used in measurement, comparison, or judgment.
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A graduated stick or rod one yard in length, used in measuring.
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(figuratively) A standard to which other measurements or comparisons are judged.
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Origin of yardstick