rule book

noun

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

rule play
  1. : a prescribed guide for conduct or action

  2. : the laws or regulations prescribed by the founder of a religious order for observance by its members

  3. : an accepted procedure, custom, or habit

  1. : to exert control, direction, or influence on

  2. : to exercise control over especially by curbing or restraining

  3. : to exercise authority or power over often harshly or arbitrarily

book play
  1. : a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory

  2. : a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together between a front and back cover

  3. : a long written or printed literary composition

  1. : derived from books (see 1book 1) and not from practical experience

  2. : shown by ledgers

  1. : to register (something, such as a name) for some future activity or condition (as to engage transportation or reserve lodgings)

  2. : to schedule engagements for

  3. : to set aside time for


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