ground rule


Definition of ground rule

1 : a sports rule adopted to modify play on a particular field, court, or course
2 : a rule of procedure ground rules for selecting a superintendentAmer. School Board Jour.

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before the debate begins, let's lay out some ground rules
Recent Examples on the Web After Rendon's ground rule double drove in a run in the fifth, Pujols connected for a 5-3 lead. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "La Stella's walk-off homer sends Angels past Giants, 7-6," 18 Aug. 2020 Neeson is supportive, too, but also had a ground rule for set. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, "For Liam Neeson and son, 'Made in Italy' was a family affair," 5 Aug. 2020 The initial workout was light with basic long toss, and batting practice after coach Dave Evans laid down the ground rules and strength and conditioning coach Adam Szabo stretched out the players using the entire outfield for spacing. Scott Springer,, "Baseball back for Midland organization in redesigned form," 3 June 2020 Gala dinner awards host Ben Kowalewicz, frontman for the multi-platinum Canadian rock band Billy Talent (and recipient of seven Juno Awards since 2004), then emerged with some ground rules to help cut down the run-time. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes Sweeps Night One of Juno Awards at Industry-Only Gala Dinner," 17 Mar. 2019 Bailenson suggested asking to set ground rules before a call. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "What's 'Zoom fatigue'? Here's why video calls can be so exhausting," 23 Apr. 2020 Trump’s legal team and House impeachment managers have presented their cases under the ground rules adopted by the Senate. Peggy Mcglone, Washington Post, "The Smithsonian is already hunting for impeachment artifacts. Senators, please hand over your fidget spinners.," 31 Jan. 2020 Try to establish ground rules to make the time more bearable. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "Is It Unethical to Ask My Roommate to Move Out Right Now?," 25 Apr. 2020 Before starting the two agreed on the ground rules of their bet. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "Jalen Brunson loses FIFA bet to Luka Doncic deciding his outfit at next Mavericks game," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of ground rule

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ground rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ground rule

: a basic rule about what should be done in a particular situation, event, etc.
chiefly US, sports : a special rule about how a game is played on a particular field, court, or course

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