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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And wary international investors have balked at signs that Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is returning to his unorthodox economic playbook. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "What’s Driving Turkey’s Markets Wild, in Seven Charts," 2 Apr. 2019 The city’s playbook for new mobility has focused on adding high-capacity rail and bus lines and expanding cycling options to accommodate a growing downtown, and there’s evidence the work has paid off. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "9 cities with smart ideas to improve transportation," 18 Sep. 2018 Eye-opening liquid liner, lip-defining pencils, and a slew of sparkly shadows are all a part of the 37-year-old’s playbook. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Alessandra Ambrosio’s Guide to Beachy Brazilian Beauty," 10 Apr. 2019 The Trump administration, by contrast, has consistently tried to run plays out of the authoritarian populist playbook — casting criticism and opposition as unpatriotic betrayals of the will of the people — without ever actually achieving popularity. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The lesson of the midterms: resistance works," 7 Nov. 2018 And Gunn is a victim of this particular social media leverage playbook. Graeme Mcmillan, The Verge, "What James Gunn’s firing says about the rising stakes of social media," 1 Aug. 2018 Greitens just demonstrated the limitations of the Trump playbook — the first rule of which is to fight allegations fiercely — for anyone not named Trump. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Eric Greitens used Trump’s playbook to try to beat scandal. It didn’t work.," 30 May 2018 In the Indian Express, journalist Harish Damodaran points out that the three heartland states where BJP governments lost did a good job of following the prime minister’s playbook. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Modi’s Party Crashes to Defeat, Casting Doubt on His Re-Election," 13 Dec. 2018 Gesicki and Smythe need the nightly cram sessions to digest Miami’s playbook. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins rookie tight ends Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe cramming to play catch up," 11 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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