play·book | \ ˈplā-ˌbu̇k \

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.

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The Lees’ efforts to evade detection, as detailed in the motion, are straight out of the Pink Panther playbook. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Landlords turned 14 San Francisco apartments into illegal Airbnbs, suit says," 1 May 2018 Their recent filibuster triggering a government shutdown took a page out of the Gingrich playbook. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Republican Party, Not Trump, Is the Real Threat to American Democracy," 27 Apr. 2018 The playbook didn’t translate to the NFL, where Kelly struggled from 2013-16. Matt Murschel,, "New coach Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins are No. 45 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 13 July 2018 Pederson successfully implemented that playbook with a young passer, Carson Wentz, who probably would've won the MVP in his sophomore season had he not been injured. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Bears training camp questions: Can Mitchell Trubisky take off under rookie coach Matt Nagy?," 10 July 2018 After decades of relying on the New Deal/Great Society playbook rather than working to craft a plan better suited to a changing economy, Democrats had developed a reputation for being reflexively antibusiness and pro-bureaucracy. Neil Swidey,, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 The Iger playbook also came in handy with the 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "Disney’s Deal Playbook: Target a Company That’s Not for Sale," 6 July 2018 That's Halsey in a nutshell, the poster child for the new pop-star playbook. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With spectacles at Summerfest, Halsey and Logic aspire for a better world," 30 June 2018 There’s no playbook to guide companies through an exemption process Johnson described as chaotic and unpredictable. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Texas pipe mills seek exemptions from Trump’s steel tariff," 25 June 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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