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touchstone
used in This Side of Paradise

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Definition
a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
  • His chief disadvantage lay in athletics, but as soon as he discovered that it was the touchstone of power and popularity at school, he began to make furious, persistent efforts to excel in the winter sports, and with his ankles aching and bending in spite of his efforts, he skated valiantly around the Lorelie rink every afternoon, wondering how soon he would be able to carry a hockey-stick without getting it inexplicably tangled in his skates.
    1.1 — Amory, Son of Beatrice (19% in)

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