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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Synonyms for ground rule


bylaw, reg, regulation, rule

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Examples of ground rule in a Sentence

before the debate begins, let's lay out some ground rules

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But first, a quick review of the ground rules that your campaigns agreed to earlier this month to try to ensure a fair debate. NBC News, "Democratic debate transcript: July 31, 2019," 1 Aug. 2019 Losing bidders can challenge a decision to the Government Accountability Office or in the Court of Federal Claims, contending that the ground rules set in a solicitation weren’t followed. Jennifer Jacobs, Fortune, "Trump Says He’s Getting Complaints That the Pentagon’s Cloud Contract Competition Favors Amazon," 18 July 2019 Policy’s supposed to create the guardrails and the ground rules. Eric Johnson, Vox, "Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks about systemic racism, regulating tech, and the divided Democratic Party on Recode Decode," 15 July 2019 The other whistler, Jeff Pack, hopes to come to Omaha this weekend, and Franklin will make sure to fill him in on the new ground rules. Eric Olson,, "Infamous and annoying ‘Vanderbilt Whistlers’ vow to mute it during College World Series," 21 June 2019 While producer Kathleen Kinlin is provided with a general idea for performances and sets ground rules, sets are liable to change. Nicole Blackwood,, "In variety show ‘Resilient,’ survivors of sexual abuse define and redefine what it means to create art out of ashes," 21 June 2019 Here are the ground rules: • Your entry must include a primary logo, full home and road uniforms (helmet, jersey, pants, socks), and up to two alternate, Color Rush, or throwback uniforms. Paul Lukas,, "The Uni Watch Design Challenge: Let's Update the Cincinnati Bengals’ Uniform," 27 June 2019 The extremely busy dad could gush about his family forever, but he's got some ground rules to avoid becoming one of those parents. Mario Lopez, Redbook, "Mario Lopez Doesn't Want to be That Parent," 14 Aug. 2013 In the process, the movie doesn’t bother to establish its own ground rules of reality or truth. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: “Spider-Man: Far from Home” Presents the Illusion of a Good Movie," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of ground rule

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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