ground rule


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. ground provisions,
  2. ground rent,
  3. ground robin,
  4. ground rod,
  5. ground row,
  6. ground rule double,
  7. ground rules,
  8. ground run,
  9. ground shark,
  10. ground sloth

Origin of ground rule

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

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British Dictionary definitions for ground rule

ground rule

noun

a procedural rule or principle
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