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

The team is using 7-on-7 to gain chemistry and add to the fall playbook. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Football: Kingwood works to improve chemistry, passing attack during 7-on-7," 25 June 2019 The Tab’s original model was savvy and cheap: create quick and dirty posts for students by students, largely without pay or direction (this is somewhat similar to the Bryan Goldberg playbook with Bleacher Report). Amelia Harnish,, "Frat Feminism: Inside The Rise And Fall Of Babe.Net," 25 June 2019 The playbook isn’t new for the right, either; one notable example happened three decades ago and may provide a window into the future. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Racist Campaign Ad Shouldn't Shock Anyone," 1 Nov. 2018 But Stewart's victory speech was a reminder that the playbook that worked for Trump is still popular with many Republicans. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Another candidate with problematic views on race just won his GOP primary," 13 June 2018 A day earlier, in his first broadcast interview since the 2016 presidential election, the playbook was much the same. James Pindell,, "Two decades later, Bill Clinton gets tripped up in a #MeToo rehash," 4 June 2018 Whenever Russia has been blamed for high-profile attacks and other wrongdoing, the standard Kremlin playbook is to paint evidence against it as fake and accuse the West of whipping up anti-Russia hysteria. Mansur Mirovalev,, "Back from the dead, Russian journalist stuns colleagues by turning up in Ukraine as authorities describe sting," 30 May 2018 One publicist who helped write the Bell Pottinger playbook is Mark Turnbull, who worked at the firm from 1995 to 2012, and often focussed on geopolitical accounts, including in South Africa and Iraq. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation," 25 May 2018 This is — the North Korean propaganda playbook is an infinitely rich resource. Time, "President Trump 'Can Take the Nobel Prize' if North and South Korea Reach Peace Deal, Moon Jae-in Says," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of playbook

1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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