Meaning of “yardstick” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “yardstick” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"yardstick" in American English

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yardsticknoun [ C ]

us /ˈjɑrdˌstɪk/

a way of measuring how good, accurate, or effective something is:

A high salary isn’t the only yardstick for success.
The only valid yardstick for measuring traffic safety is deaths per miles driven.

(Definition of “yardstick” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"yardstick" in Business English

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yardsticknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈjɑːdstɪk/ us

a standard used to compare similar things in order to measure their value or success:

a yardstick for sth The firm uses the index as a yardstick for measuring itself against competitors.
Productivity is not the only yardstick of success.

(Definition of “yardstick” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)