Hoyle

[ hoil ]
/ hɔɪl /

noun

Edmond,1672–1769, English authority and writer on card games.
Sir Fred,1915–2001, British astronomer, mathematician, and educator.

Idioms

    according to Hoyle, according to the rules or to the authority; correctly.
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British Dictionary definitions for according to hoyle (1 of 2)

Hoyle

1
/ (hɔɪl) /

noun

an authoritative book of rules for card games

Word Origin for Hoyle

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

British Dictionary definitions for according to hoyle (2 of 2)

Hoyle

2
/ (hɔɪl) /

noun

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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Culture definitions for according to hoyle

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 (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with according to hoyle (2 of 2)

Hoyle


see according to Hoyle.

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