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yardstick

a graduated stick, one yard long, used for measurement
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We need concepts and measurements that give to other kinds of organizations what the market test and profitability yardstick give to business.
So it's incumbent that they follow the same yardsticks which they followed on other CAG reports," Tewari told ANI.
Tidal Bay: beat good yardsticks and retains his ability
"The white yardstick is: 'Oh, how far we have come from the nation we used to be," he said.
By those very yardsticks, over the past few years, a major emerging-market economy such as Brazil, which as recently as October 2002 was considered to be on the verge of default, has made great strides.
Historic economic yardsticks, which classify pollution disasters as net gains and don't track depletion of natural resources, would be replaced by these new methods.
A health ministry panel on Friday proposed the use of a new gauge to measure the risks faced by atomic-bomb victims of developing cancer and other illness, following criticism from victims that there have been no clear-cut yardsticks.
Axia ignores traditional executive remuneration yardsticks such as share price and earnings per share.
As companies tighten the links between their financial results and incentive programs, financial executives will be charged with developing and applying new performance yardsticks.
Thus, knowing that the luminosity of a star declines in proportion to the square of its distance from Earth, astronomers can use type 1A supernovas as yardsticks to measure several key parameters of the age and expansion of the universe.
Check out the responses that won light-up magnifying glasses--and made us throw away our yardsticks. (A classful of sluggers from Louisville batted three winners out ways!)