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 By the 1990s, the rule book was hundreds of pages long, with lines as specific as which fork to use at dinner and directives to not speak about boyfriends in front of fans, according to Texas Monthly’s podcast America’s Girls. Emily Krauser, Peoplemag, 21 June 2024 Owners have to get creative with horse names, since no two horses can share a name, according to the the Jockey Club rule book. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 4 May 2024 But while British journalists are used to intense competition, their journalistic rule book is not always in line with American standards. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, 8 June 2024 Starting lineups for the All-Star Race will be set via the rule book and released Sunday morning. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 19 May 2024 Displaying signs or bumper stickers is not permitted, according to the court’s internal rule book and a 2022 memo reiterating the ban on political activity. Jodi Kantor, New York Times, 16 May 2024 Over time, those skills form a sort of mental rule book about music, specific to the culture in which you’re born. Katie Lauer, The Mercury News, 30 Apr. 2024 As defined in the NFL rule book, a hip-drop tackle is when a defender grabs the runner with both hands or wraps him with both arms, then drags down the offensive player by swiveling and dropping his hips and/or lower body. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Apple is one of six tech giants subject to more stringent competition restrictions under Europe’s sweeping new rule book, known as the Digital Markets Act, which could force the company to open its products to outside services. Perry Stein, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024

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“Rule book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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