play·​book ˈplā-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce playbook (audio)
: one or more plays in book form
: a notebook containing diagrammed football plays
: 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 Biden is borrowing the trade playbook of former President Donald Trump, the Republican presumptive nominee, who routinely raised tariffs on Chinese goods during his four years in office. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 14 May 2024 That’s naturally a bigger issue for Macron, who was only too happy to turn on the charm with Xi, delving into his own playbook of building personal rapport with even antagonistic world leaders. TIME, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for playbook 

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Word History

First Known Use

1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of playbook was in 1511

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“Playbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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