- Usually ground rules. basic or governing principles of conduct in any situation or field of endeavor: the ground rules of press conferences.
- Sports. any of certain rules specially adopted, as in baseball and softball, for dealing with situations or circumstances arising chiefly from the particular nature of the playing area or the interference of spectators.
Origin of ground rule
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Related Words for ground rulecode, protocol, guidance, instruction, rule, signal, clue, precept, key, mark, guide, marker
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Contemporary Examples of ground rule
On that basis, I'd call the Post piece at least a ground-rule double.Bain and Outsourcing
June 22, 2012
- a procedural rule or principle
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