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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Now, the North has reverted to its earlier hard-line stance on keeping its nuclear weapons and to a playbook that includes sudden shifts in tactics when negotiating with other nations. Mark Landler, New York Times, "North Korean Threats Are ‘Splash of Cold Water’ on Expectations for Talks," 16 May 2018 By issuing the latest threat, the North reverted to his earlier hard-line stance on retaining nuclear weapons and to a North Korean playbook that includes sudden shifts in tactics when negotiating with other nations. Mark Landler And Choe Sang-hun,, "White House brushes aside North Korea’s threats to cancel summit," 16 May 2018 The company in fact took a page out of Paramount’s playbook from the late 1990s and began developing a new Star Trek series to serve as the flagship for a new CBS network—except that the network, in this case, was an online streaming video platform. Sam Ferguson, Ars Technica, "A dozen years after near-death, Star Trek’s future may be stronger than ever," 19 May 2018 Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni is giving his players written tests on route-running and other aspects of the playbook. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Yes, you still have to take tests in the NFL. At least if you play for the Colts.," 16 May 2018 Thus, the Democratic Party’s determination to stick to the same tired playbook that lost control of the U.S. House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016 is officially insane. Will Bunch,, "The anti-Trump resistance hits a wall: The Democratic Party establishment | Will Bunch," 1 Mar. 2018 Publicly, the Royals are following the same playbook created two years ago in case Gordon signed somewhere else. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "David Glass' part in Eric Hosmer's contract | The Kansas City Star," 19 Feb. 2018 This time around, Crescenta Valley is trying to get some less experienced players on board and prevailing in passing tournaments isn’t as paramount as gaining experience, learning the playbook and solidifying starting roles. Grant Gordon,, "Crescenta Valley football looking to gain experience, leadership in summer," 28 June 2018 The toughest thing for the rookies right now is just adjusting to the change of speed and learning a new playbook. Colleen Kane,, "Mitch Trubisky excited about what Anthony Miller brings to Bears wide receivers group," 23 May 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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