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Hoyle

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noun
  1. Edmond,1672–1769, English authority and writer on card games.
  2. Sir Fred,1915–2001, British astronomer, mathematician, and educator.
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Idioms
  1. according to Hoyle, according to the rules or to the authority; correctly.
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British Dictionary definitions for according to hoyle

Hoyle1

noun
  1. an authoritative book of rules for card games
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Word Origin

after Edmond Hoyle (1672–1769), English authority on games, its compiler

Hoyle2

noun
  1. Sir Fred. 1915–2001, English astronomer and writer: his books include The Nature of the Universe (1950) and Frontiers of Astronomy (1955), and science-fiction writings
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Word Origin and History for according to hoyle

Hoyle

cited as a typical authority on card or board games, in reference to Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769), author of several works on card-playing. The surname, according to Bardsley, represents a Northern English dialectal pronunciation of hole. "In Yorks and Lancashire hole is still dialectically hoyle. Any one who lived in a round hollow or pit would be Thomas or Ralph in the Hoyle." ["Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames," London, 1901]

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according to Hoyle

[(hoyl)]

With strict adherence to a set of rules; fairly and honorably: “We don't want to lose this case over any legal technicalities; everything must be done strictly according to Hoyle.” Hoyle was the author of a book on the game of whist in the eighteenth century; his name has since been used in the titles of many books of rules for card games.

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Idioms and Phrases with according to hoyle

according to Hoyle

In keeping with established rules; on the highest authority, as in The tax records are in excellent order, all according to Hoyle. Edmond Hoyle (1679–1769) of England, author of books of rules for card games, was so highly regarded that numerous writers used his name on their own rule books, even for games that had not been invented by the time of Hoyle's death, so that his name became synonymous with any rules.

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