yardstick

Definitions of yardstick
1

n a ruler or tape that is three feet long

Synonyms:
yard measure
Type of:
rule, ruler
measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths

n a measure or standard used for comparison

“on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?”
Type of:
criterion, measure, standard, touchstone
a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated

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