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

Fingerprints in a playbook helped identify a football player. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Fugitive mechanic in deadly 1996 ValuJet crash 'never should have been charged,' lawyer says," 14 Apr. 2018 So far, however, the government is following the same playbook as its predecessors, said Mr. Baglioni. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Pledges Made by Italy’s Populist Government Come Up Against Economic Reality," 8 Jan. 2019 In April 2017, McConnell followed essentially the same playbook — this time, with every Senate Republican joining him. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The nuclear option, explained.," 21 Dec. 2018 During cross-examination Friday, Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau followed the same playbook as the star's first defense team by seeking to exploit inconsistencies in Constand's various accounts. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "On stand, Bill Cosby's chief accuser Andrea Constand says she wants justice," 13 Apr. 2018 There’s action: the movie lovingly rips a page out of the Beauty and the Beast playbook and has the prince save Amber from wolves attacking her in the woods. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Original Christmas Movies: A Guide to the Cheesy Holiday Flicks," 11 Dec. 2018 In an effort to prevent more taxes from being enacted, beverage makers are taking a page from the tobacco industry’s playbook and supporting ballot measures and state laws that block governments from passing new taxes on food and drink. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Coca-Cola and Pepsi’s deceptive tactic to stop soda taxes worked in Washington state," 7 Nov. 2018 Given the right playbook and play calls, Mayfield should thrive. Doug Lesmerises,, "Baker Mayfield's biggest question revolves around his coach's genius: Doug Lesmerises," 27 Apr. 2018 If the summit goes well, Kim may pull another page out of his father’s playbook and try to involve South Korea in his efforts to develop the port city of Wonsan and the nearby Mount Kumgang tourist area. Washington Post, "Analysis: Caution likely to guide next steps in Koreas talks," 7 Mar. 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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