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.

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The recent food fight mode, where players picked a team and fought for dominance, is totally out of Splatoon’s playbook. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite adds planes and now people are playing it like Battlefield," 6 Dec. 2018 This has also become a standard in Paul's playbook with Trump. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's senators paved the way for Mike Pompeo to become secretary of state," 24 Apr. 2018 Swanning around in a fluffy new ball gown in an effort to beguile Bill was not the worst offense in his playbook. Amy Fine Collins, Town & Country, "What It Was Like Dressing Up For Bill Cunningham," 15 Aug. 2018 Her playbook was the foundation of their training, and Geidt often flew to their respective cities to guide and support their efforts. Carmel Deamicis, Marie Claire, "Meet Uber's Secret Weapon, Austin Geidt," 20 Jan. 2017 Louisa Chu/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images Is there a public relations playbook for that? Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Why we’re in a golden age of novelty food items and bizarre flavors," 21 Dec. 2018 Returning to his immigration-heavy 2016 playbook, Trump went on to unleash his full fury on a caravan of migrants slowly making their way to the southern border. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Despite House loss, Trump still sees midterms success," 7 Nov. 2018 There was no playbook for being a woman candidate with a baby and a toddler in tow. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Can Anyone Unseat Long Island’s 26-Year Incumbent House Rep. Peter King? Liuba Grechen Shirley Thinks She’s Just the Mom for the Job," 1 Nov. 2018 There isn't a playbook for how open platforms operate at our scale. Stephen Battaglio,, "YouTube says it's working to be a safer place for advertisers," 4 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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