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 Done well, the ground rule development process can be a powerful experience that creates a sense of empowerment and team identity. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 In Kiermaier’s case, there was no ground rule involved. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Robinson Chirinos led off the inning with a ground rule double and Bryant drove him home with two outs by slicing a long double into the right-field corner. David Brandt, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 An Alex Verdugo single put runners at first and third, setting the stage for Jose Iglesias, whose ground rule double scored Vázquez., 17 Sep. 2021 Additionally, the council set a new ground rule for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, 21 June 2021 Brewers shortstop Willy Adames hit a ground rule double off Sims to tie the score, and then Brewers second baseman Jace Peterson hit a single to left field that gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 11 June 2021 Finally, set one more ground rule: that low-code projects are meant to automate specific business processes. Forbes, 28 May 2021 Davey suggests that hybrid teams establish the basic ground rule of level interaction, meaning that all-team meetings take place over video chat — regardless of location. Marita Decker, Forbes, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of ground rule

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ground rule was in 1890

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1 Dec 2021

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“Ground rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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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.
: a special rule about how a game is played on a particular field, court, or course


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