yardstick

Part of speech: noun

A graduated measuring- stick a yard in length.

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Usage examples "yardstick":

  1. The truth is that the agreeable people are pretty evenly distributed over the country, and one's enjoyment of them is heightened not only by their differences of manner, but by the different, ways in which they look at life, unless he insists upon applying everywhere the yardstick of his own locality. - "The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner", Charles Dudley Warner.
  2. " The only yardstick- and that's not much good- is that 'little men' story," said Purdy. - "The Flying Saucers are Real", Donald Keyhoe.
  3. Draw it until the yardstick registers twenty- eight inches from the string to the back of the bow. - "Hunting with the Bow and Arrow", Saxton Pope.