1A measuring rod a yard long, typically divided into inches.
- After tamping a few square feet, use a yardstick or a ruler to measure the tamped depth.
- Then use that as the yardstick to measure the entire piece and make the tough cuts that may need to be made.
- Tape measures may stretch, yardsticks may chip and rotary cutting mats may warp.
1.1A standard used for comparison: league tables are not the only yardstick of schools' performance
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- It is too easy to condemn the past by using as a yardstick the standards of modern western democracies.
- Aid as a share of GDP is the yardstick that is typically used for international comparisons.
- It is only at the end-point that, for want of a better yardstick, a probabilistic test is applied.
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