rule book


: a book that contains the official set of rules that must be followed in a game, job, etc.
always carries the rule book in his back pocket to every game
also : the rules in such a book
The rule book says that once the puck fully crosses the line it is a goal.
often used figuratively
He's a maverick when it comes to decorating, throwing away the rule book.

Examples of rule book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no rule book about what brings you pleasure. As Told To Bridgette Bartlett Royall, Essence, 29 Aug. 2023 The Bible might not necessarily be a rule book like in The Fairly Oddparents. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 27 July 2023 Just as no amount of bias-sensitivity training can enumerate every possible way of being racist, no rule book can prevent discrimination against people with disabilities. Curbed, 19 July 2023 There is nothing in the rule book that prohibits a player from making political statements. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 31 May 2023 Opening golf to new players Golf, with its thick rule book and unwritten etiquette — no stepping in someone’s line on the green, and please replace your divots — can be difficult for newcomers. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2023 Set during the Second World War, the novel turns on the question of what happens to women, as guardians of virtue, when history tears up the rule book. Lawrence Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 The funny thing about this career is that there's no rule book. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 21 June 2023 With qualifying rained out on Saturday, the lineup was set per the NASCAR rule book based on performance metrics from the series' most recent points race at Darlington Raceway, putting winner William Byron on the pole. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 28 May 2023 See More

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“Rule book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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