rule of thumb
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Origin of rule of thumb
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Example sentences from the Web for rule of thumb
Obviously, the first obligation of all liberal democratic governments is to enforce the rule of law.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And so the same creeping rot of the rule of law that the administration has inflicted on immigration now bedevils our drug laws.
Rule 16(c) was a proposed change in the rules at the 1976 Republican Convention.
The rule of law, you see, buckles, bends and sometimes crumbles under the weight of racism, sexism, and classism.
His rule over the country came to an end in 1979 when the director of the KCIA shot Park and his bodyguard to death at dinner.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All elements of expression modify each other, so that no mere rule can cover all cases.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
As a rule, however, even in the case of extreme varieties, a careful examination of the specimen will enable it to be identified.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
He set down as the second the golden rule, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them.”The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Hence arise factions, dissensions, and loss to their religious interests and work; and these intruders seek to rule the others.
This impulse to extend rule appears more plainly in many of the little ceremonial observances of the child.Children's Ways|James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for rule of thumb
- a rough and practical approach, based on experience, rather than a scientific or precise one based on theory
- (as modifier)a rule-of-thumb decision
Cultural definitions for rule of thumb
A practical principle that comes from the wisdom of experience and is usually but not always valid: “When playing baseball, a good rule of thumb is to put your best hitter fourth in the batting order.”
Idioms and Phrases with rule of thumb
A rough and useful principle or method, based on experience rather than precisely accurate measures. For example, His work with the youth group is largely by rule of thumb. This expression alludes to making rough estimates of measurements by using one's thumb. [Second half of 1600s]