(redirected from Standards)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to Standards: thesaurus, dictionary

double standard

1. Any set of values or principles that are applied differently and unequally to two or more similar people, groups, or situations. The prime minster was accused of engaging in a double standard regarding his foreign policy, supporting extremism in countries long regarded as allies while decrying the same kind of extremism elsewhere.
2. An unwritten provision granting more sexual freedom to men than to women. The double standard that young men are encouraged to be sexually active while young women may be ostracized for it is still a hugely pervasive problem for many young people growing up today.
See also: double, standard

gold standard

1. Literally, a monetary standard where a currency's value is defined by an existing and fixed amount of gold. There are many who believe that the country should return to the gold standard for a more secure means of issuing currency.
2. By extension, a well-established and widely accepted model or paradigm of excellence by which similar things are judged or measured. Her research methodology in the late 1960s has since become the gold standard for drug trials today.
See also: gold, standard

new standard

A newly-adopted benchmark or measure; a new way of judging something. High unemployment rates have become the new standard due to the country's economic strife.
See also: new, standard

standard fare

A common occurrence. Smashed instruments are standard fare at a rock concert. Arguments are standard fare for the Smith family at Thanksgiving, believe me.
See also: fare, standard


1. A military member who carries the flag of their unit. The soldier marched proudly, flag in hand, as the standard-bearer of his unit.
2. The widely-accepted leader of a cause, movement, or ideology. She rose above her contemporaries to become the standard-bearer of the women's rights movement.

bog standard

slang Conventional. Primarily heard in UK. I just need a bog standard phone—nothing fancy.
See also: bog, standard

come up to standards

To improve someone or something enough to meet a certain requirement or expectation. If your intern doesn't come up to standards, expect him to be fired.
See also: come, standard, up

come up to someone's standards

to meet or be equal to someone's standards or requirements. Does this ice cream come up to your standards? Ann's concert recital did not come up to her own standards.
See also: come, standard, up

double standard

A set of principles establishing different provisions for one group than another; also, specifically, allowing men more sexual freedom than women. For example, She complained that her father had a double standard-her brothers were allowed to date, but she was not, even though she was older . [Mid-1900s]
See also: double, standard

the standard bearer

COMMON The standard bearer of a group of people or a belief is a person who represents them. He saw himself as the standard bearer of the right of the party. She's become very much the standard bearer for traditional, family values. Note: A standard is a flag with badges or symbols on it, which represent a person or organization. In the past, a standard bearer was the person who led an army into battle carrying a standard.
See also: bearer, standard

bog ˈstandard

(British English, informal) ordinary; with no special features: All you need is a bog standard machine — nothing fancy.
See also: bog, standard
References in periodicals archive ?
In addition, intercomparisons of NIST's deadweight machines are conducted through the use of a set of precision force transducers as transfer standards among the machines.
Although these standards should be integral to teacher education programs to ensure preservice teachers' assessment literacy, few studies have examined how the standards ascertain teacher candidates' competence in classroom assessment.
One way to get a single set of international accounting standards would be by fiat with governments and securities regulators mandating that either U.S.
Of particular interest are three military document types: standard practices, interface standards, and defense standards.
The ExpressCard Standard is designed to deliver high-performance, modular expansion to both desktop and notebook computers at a lower cost and in a smaller form factor.
Standards searching launches directly from the main search page with customized displays and work-station access.
NCLB calls for states to establish science standards for each grade level by 2005; staff highly qualified teachers by the end of the 2005-6 school year; and to test students once a year in each of three grade spans: 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12 in 2007-8.
Financial Accounting Standards Board is particularly important.
ANSI (American National Standards Institute), a voluntary standards group responded in February to the Pilot Project by commenting on the standard for walk-behind power mowers.
Performance of Professional Services -- The standard recommends that the firm or employer adopt policies and procedures that provide reasonable assurance that the tax services performed meet applicable professional standards.
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, International Financial Reporting Standards, the U.K.'s Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) CT-6 calculations, bank reports sent to the U.S.
Chuck Landes: The recently reorganized ASB approved 10 new auditing standards, a new attestation standard and an attestation exposure draft (ED).
When asked what pleases him about his first term as International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) Chairman, far and away, Sir David Tweedie talks about the progress made towards converging accounting standards between IASB and the U.S.
Details of the EDEN protocol will be worked out in the context of developing and implementing the testbed, reflecting Gordon Bell's assertion that "standards should be based on real experience, not on committee designs" (Bell, 2004, p.