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  • 1as a rule — {adv. phr.} Generally; customarily. * /As a rule, the boss arrives at the office about 10 A.M./ …

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  • 2exception proves the rule — Something unusual that does not follow a rule tests that rule to see if it is true; if there are too many exceptions, the rule is no good. A proverb. * /Frank is very short but is a good basketball player. He is the exception that proves the rule …

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  • 3ground rule — {n.} 1. A rule in sports that is made especially for the grounds or place where a game is played. Usually used in the plural. * /There was such a big crowd at the baseball game, that the ground rules of the field were changed in case a ball went… …

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  • 4rule — See: EXCEPTION PROVES THE RULE, GROUND RULE …

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  • 5rule of thumb — {n. phr.} A simple and practical method that has proven successful or useful in the past. * /It is a very good rule of thumb to look up all unfamiliar words in a good dictionary./ …

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  • 6rule out — {v.} 1. To say that (something) must not be done; not allow; also: decide against. * /The principal ruled out dances on school nights./ * /The play was ruled out by the referee./ * /Jean probably will not go to college, but she has not ruled that …

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  • 7rule the roost — {v. phr.}, {informal} To be leader or boss; be in charge. * /Jim is very bossy; he always wants to rule the roost./ * /Who rules the roost in the Smith s house?/ Compare: WEAR THE TROUSERS …

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  • 8as a rule — {adv. phr.} Generally; customarily. * /As a rule, the boss arrives at the office about 10 A.M./ …

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  • 9exception proves the rule — Something unusual that does not follow a rule tests that rule to see if it is true; if there are too many exceptions, the rule is no good. A proverb. * /Frank is very short but is a good basketball player. He is the exception that proves the rule …

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  • 10ground rule — {n.} 1. A rule in sports that is made especially for the grounds or place where a game is played. Usually used in the plural. * /There was such a big crowd at the baseball game, that the ground rules of the field were changed in case a ball went… …

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  • 11rule — See: EXCEPTION PROVES THE RULE, GROUND RULE …

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  • 12rule of thumb — {n. phr.} A simple and practical method that has proven successful or useful in the past. * /It is a very good rule of thumb to look up all unfamiliar words in a good dictionary./ …

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  • 13rule out — {v.} 1. To say that (something) must not be done; not allow; also: decide against. * /The principal ruled out dances on school nights./ * /The play was ruled out by the referee./ * /Jean probably will not go to college, but she has not ruled that …

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  • 14rule the roost — {v. phr.}, {informal} To be leader or boss; be in charge. * /Jim is very bossy; he always wants to rule the roost./ * /Who rules the roost in the Smith s house?/ Compare: WEAR THE TROUSERS …

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  • 15As a rule — Rule Rule, n. [OE. reule, riule, OF. riule, reule, F. r[ e]gle, fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere, rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See {Right}, a., and cf. {Regular}.] 1. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for… …

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  • 16Augustinian rule — Augustinian Au gus*tin i*an, a. Of or pertaining to St. Augustine, bishop of Hippo in Northern Africa (b. 354 d. 430), or to his doctrines. [1913 Webster] {Augustinian canons}, an order of monks once popular in England and Ireland; called also… …

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  • 17Batter rule — Batter Bat ter, n. A backward slope in the face of a wall or of a bank; receding slope. [1913 Webster] {Batter rule}, an instrument consisting of a rule or frame, and a plumb line, by which the batter or slope of a wall is regulated in building.… …

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  • 18Board rule — Rule Rule, n. [OE. reule, riule, OF. riule, reule, F. r[ e]gle, fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere, rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See {Right}, a., and cf. {Regular}.] 1. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for… …

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  • 19Board rule — Board Board (b[=o]rd), n. [OE. bord, AS. bord board, shipboard; akin to bred plank, Icel. bor[eth] board, side of a ship, Goth. f[=o]tu baurd footstool, D. bord board, G. brett, bort. See def. 8. [root]92.] 1. A piece of timber sawed thin, and of …

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  • 20Caliber rule — Rule Rule, n. [OE. reule, riule, OF. riule, reule, F. r[ e]gle, fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere, rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See {Right}, a., and cf. {Regular}.] 1. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for… …

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