- (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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Related Wordsdialogue, scenario, manuscript, text, book, article, copy, libretto, words, typescript, lines, playbook
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
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Word Origin and History for playbook
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