- (in Elizabethan drama) the script of a play, used by the actors as an acting text.
- a book containing the scripts of one or more plays.
- Football. a notebook containing descriptions of all the plays and strategies used by a team, often accompanied by diagrams, issued to players for them to study and memorize before the season begins.
- Informal. any plan or set of strategies, as for outlining a campaign in business or politics.
Origin of playbook
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Examples from the Web for playbook
That was the playbook the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth used to discredit then-Sen.The (Sloppy) Swift-Boating of Michigan Democrat Gary Peters
October 13, 2014
No shame and desperation to drive a teammate to hand over money or the playbook to a blackmailer.Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’
February 12, 2014
Intentionally or not, the Putin regime has followed the Berlin 1936 playbook quite closely for Sochi.Putin’s Sochi and Hitler’s Berlin: The Love Affair Between Dictators and the Olympic Games.
February 7, 2014
He took a page out of the Bush playbook or, dare I say it, even the Cheney one.Obama’s Defiant Obamacare Defense in Boston
October 31, 2013
Repeatedly, de Blasio said Lhota was borrowing a page “from the Republican playbook” and favoring “trickle-down economics.”New York City Mayoral Debate Features Strong Sparring but No Knockout
October 16, 2013
I say unto thee a playhouse is the school for the old dragon, and a playbook the primer of Belzebub.Wild Oats
The fable, as set forth in the playbook, proved to be unworthy of the scenes and characters: what fable would not?The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9
Robert Louis Stevenson
I should like to see existing a playbook of “Hamlet” which has been altered and shortened by a joint board of actors and scholars.Shakespeare in the Theatre
Each had a playbook beside his plate, and they were apparently studying their parts for the morning performance.Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children
- a book containing a range of possible set plays
- a notional range of possible tactics in any sphere of activity
Word Origin and History for playbook
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