play·​book | \ ˈplā-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce playbook (audio) \

Definition of playbook

1 : one or more plays in book form
2 : a notebook containing diagrammed football plays
3 : a stock of usual tactics or methods straight from his opponent's political playbook

Examples of playbook in a Sentence

He studied the new plays in the team's playbook.
Recent Examples on the Web There are guidelines on sanitation standards and safety measures to help restaurants lower the risk of workers getting sick and prevent the virus’ spread, but there is no playbook for what should happen when an employee actually does get sick. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, "‘This is everywhere’: A growing list of Dallas-area restaurants with COVID-19 cases among staff," 18 June 2020 Investors may need to dust off the trans-Atlantic tariff playbook. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Washington Ups the Ante in Digital Tax Standoff," 18 June 2020 Both in his playbook and from a technical standpoint. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "New Colts QB Jacob Eason improvised workouts with rookie WRs Michael Pittman, Dezmon Patmon," 18 June 2020 Police presence in the early afternoon seemed fairly light, with officers avoiding the standard playbook for central London protests of corralling crowds onto a specific route, and with few officers visible in Parliament Square. Billy Perrigo/london, Time, "'The U.K. Is Not Innocent.' George Floyd Protests Spark Anti-Racism Demonstrations Across Britain," 8 June 2020 The perception that Engel is an absentee congressman is the crux of Bowman's campaign and is similar to the playbook run by Ocasio-Cortez's successful campaign in Brooklyn. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, "Eliot Engel faces potential upset from progressive primary challenger," 16 June 2020 Trying to make the situation in Seattle look more violent than it really is plays directly into the Trump playbook for the protests. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Fox News says doctored photos were 'errors.' But they were fake news, plain and simple," 15 June 2020 Republicans responded to the election of Barack Obama in 2008 not by trying to broaden their own base or appeal to a changing nation, but by modernizing voter suppression tactics out of the old Jim Crow playbook. David Daley, Time, "Voter Suppression Is Still One of the Greatest Obstacles to a More Just America," 12 June 2020 So sure, over the years the Ducks gave Knight a football playbook. oregonlive, "Canzano: It’s about to be Dr. Phil Knight at the University of Oregon," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of playbook

1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Playbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of playbook

American football : a book that contains descriptions of the different offensive and defensive plays that are used by a team

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