yardstick

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yard +‎ stick

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yardstick (plural yardsticks)

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  1. A measuring rod thirty-six inches long.
  2. (figuratively) A standard to which other measurements or comparisons are judged.
    • 2008 April 8, Michael R. Gordon and Eric Schmitt, “Attacks in Baghdad spiked in March, U.S. data show”, in International Herald Tribune, 2008 April 8 edition, “Africa & Middle East” section,
      Attacks against civilians in the capital remained relatively unchanged: 69 in March from 62 in February. ¶ However, another yardstick, the number of civilian deaths tracked by the Iraqi government, shot up last month after several months of decline.

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