yardstick


yard·stick

noun \ˈyärd-ˌstik\

: a long, flat tool that is one yard long and is used to measure things

: a rule or specific idea about what is acceptable or desirable that is used to judge or measure something

Full Definition of YARDSTICK

1
a :  a graduated measuring stick three feet (0.9144 meter) long
b :  a standard basis of calculation <a yardstick for measuring astronomical distances>
2
:  a standard for making a critical judgment :  criterion <measured by the yardstick of her first book> <was a great success by any yardstick>

Examples of YARDSTICK

  1. Some feel that test scores aren't an adequate yardstick for judging a student's ability.
  2. Ratings are the yardstick by which TV shows are evaluated by networks.

First Known Use of YARDSTICK

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