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 But Beijing is also largely following its usual playbook, experts say, with measures such as summoning the U.S. ambassador and announcing the suspension of some trade with Taiwan. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2022 That doesn’t mean throwing away your playbook when circumstances change. Alyssa Kopelman, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Here's hoping other Democrats take a page from his playbook. Kara Alaimo, CNN, 29 July 2022 It’s one of several examples of Moscow pulling from its Syria playbook in Ukraine. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 At Unilever, Peltz is likely to steal from his P&G playbook by pushing for a shift to high-growth new brands, and advocating a far slimmer bureaucracy where business heads have direct control over their P&Ls. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 14 July 2022 The pandemic impacted Apple’s ability to stick to its product launch playbook. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 June 2022 Lamont, who is seeking a second term, followed his own playbook in avoiding partisanship in selecting constitutional officers. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 30 June 2022 The Patriots have overhauled the language in their playbook after former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’s departure for Las Vegas. Globe Staff,, 9 June 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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