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  • n. Plural form of sign-post.


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  • But O Cook, O Thomas Cook & Son, path-finders and trail-clearers, living sign-posts to all the world, and bestowers of first aid to bewildered travellers -- unhesitatingly and instantly, with ease and celerity, could you send me to Darkest Africa or Innermost Thibet, but to the East End of London, barely a stone's throw distant from


  • He would say that it was foolish, and he would recommend to the poet to become a scribe, and the artist to paint sign-posts.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • “Well, then, at all events, whichever way you are going, you are going wrong,” cried they all with one voice — which was the only thing which they ever agreed about; and all pointed at once to all the thirty-and-two points of the compass, till Tom thought all the sign-posts in England had got together, and fallen fighting.

    The Water Babies

  • We observed two occupations united in the same person, who had hung out two sign-posts.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • All the gear, the houses and mono-rails, the farm hedges and power cables, the roads and pavements, the sign-posts and advertisements of the former order were still for the most part intact.

    The War in the Air

  • But of all this I had little fear, being no more a schoolboy now, but a youth well-acquaint with Exmoor, and the wise art of the sign-posts, whereby a man, who barred the road, now opens it up both ways with his finger-bones, so far as rogues allow him.

    Lorna Doone

  • They stand up stark and dark like disregarded sign-posts, down all that smooth descending road which has ended in this swamp of merely commercial collapse.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • All the world is a stage, thought I; and few are there in it who do not play the part they have learnt by rote; and those who do not, seem marks set up to be pelted at by fortune, or rather as sign-posts which point out the road to others, whilst forced to stand still themselves amidst the mud and dust.

    Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

  • I count the days to my execution, and raise up sign-posts.

    Jacob's Ladder

  • The government's programme to facilitate this positive trend is guided by the critical sign-posts identified in our macro-economic strategy, namely, growth in production for export, infrastructural development, restructuring of state assets, reduction of the budget deficit, human resource development and a comprehensive labour relations dispensation.

    Opening Address by President Nelson Mandela to the Fourth Session of Parliament


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