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touchstone

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtouchstonetouch‧stone /ˈtʌtʃstəʊn $ -stoʊn/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 TYPICALsomething used as a test or standardtouchstone of 🔊 Pupil behaviour was seen as ‘the touchstone of quality’ of the school system.
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touchstoneI have believed that since my earliest days, and I have used it as a touchstone in all my leadership endeavors.It is a touchstone for legal definitions and rulings.At its core would be using inflation-adjusted interest rates on short-term credit as its touchstone in setting policy.We had to rethink the issues and create new touchstones...I knew one little poem by her, when I was very small, and it became a kind of touchstone.Tested against the touchstone of Scripture, his speculations would reduce the Bible to the size of a slim paperback.They tend to regard grammar as the touchstone of all language performance.The touchstone of the relationship is commercial.touchstone ofMotherhood is seen as a touchstone of female identity.
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