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rule British & World English

One of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure within a particular area of activity

em rule British & World English

A long dash (—) used in punctuation

en rule British & World English

A short dash (-) used in punctuation, in particular between figures to show a range (for example, 1939–45)

Rule 43 British & World English

(In the UK) a prison regulation whereby prisoners, typically sex offenders, can be isolated or segregated for their own protection

by rule in rule British & World English

In a regular manner according to a particular set of rules

by rule British & World English

In a regular manner according to a particular set of rules

foot rule British & World English

A foot-long measuring instrument

gag rule British & World English

A regulation or directive that prohibits public discussion of a particular matter, in particular

mob rule British & World English

Control of a political situation by those outside the conventional or lawful realm, typically involving violence and intimidation

self-rule British & World English

another term for self-government111.

rule book British & World English

The regulations or standards of behaviour that should be followed in a particular job, organization, or sphere

home rule British & World English

The government of a colony, dependent country, or region by its own citizens, in particular as advocated for Ireland 1870–1914

direct rule British & World English

A system of government in which a province is controlled by a central government

ground rule British & World English

A basic principle

phase rule British & World English

A rule relating the possible numbers of phases, constituents, and degrees of freedom in a chemical system

plumb rule British & World English

A plumb line attached to a board, used by builders and surveyors

slide rule British & World English

A ruler with a sliding central strip, marked with logarithmic scales and used for making rapid calculations, especially multiplication and division

as a rule in rule British & World English

Usually, but not always

as a rule British & World English

Usually, but not always

rule-bound British & World English

Overly limited or restricted by rules

golden rule British & World English

A basic principle which should always be followed to ensure success in general or in a particular activity

majority rule British & World English

The principle that the greater number should exercise greater power

rule something out in rule British & World English

Exclude (or include) something as a possibility

indirect rule British & World English

A system of government of one nation by another in which the governed people retain certain administrative, legal, and other powers

selection rule British & World English

A rule which describes whether particular quantum transitions in an atom or molecule are allowed or forbidden

Simpson's rule British & World English

An arithmetical rule for estimating the area under a curve where the values of an odd number of ordinates, including those at each end, are known

rule of law in rule British & World English

The restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws

rule of law British & World English

The restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws

trapezium rule British & World English

A method of estimating the area under a curve by dividing it into a series of strips, each of which is approximately a trapezium

work to rule in work British & World English

Follow official working rules and hours exactly in order to reduce output and efficiency, especially as a form of industrial action

work-to-rule in work British & World English

An instance or period of working to rule

work to rule British & World English

Follow official working rules and hours exactly in order to reduce output and efficiency, especially as a form of industrial action

exclusionary rule British & World English

A law that prohibits the use of illegally obtained evidence in a criminal trial

rule of thumb in rule British & World English

A broadly accurate guide or principle, based on practice rather than theory

rule the roost in rule British & World English

Be in complete control

rule of thumb British & World English

A broadly accurate guide or principle, based on practice rather than theory

rule the roost British & World English

Be in complete control

rule of three British & World English

A method of finding a number in the same ratio to a given number as exists between two other given numbers

divide and rule in divide British & World English

The policy of maintaining control over one’s subordinates or opponents by encouraging dissent between them, thereby preventing them from uniting in opposition

divide and rule British & World English

The policy of maintaining control over one’s subordinates or opponents by encouraging dissent between them, thereby preventing them from uniting in opposition

fifty-year rule British & World English

A rule that public records may be open to inspection after a lapse of fifty years. Superseded in the UK in 1968 by the thirty-year rule

en passant rule in en passant British & World English

The rule that a pawn making a first move of two squares instead of one may nevertheless be immediately captured by an opposing pawn on the fifth rank

en passant rule British & World English

The rule that a pawn making a first move of two squares instead of one may nevertheless be immediately captured by an opposing pawn on the fifth rank

rule of the road in rule British & World English

A custom or law regulating the direction in which two vehicles (or riders or ships) should move to pass one another on meeting, or which should give way to the other, so as to avoid collision

rule of the road British & World English

A custom or law regulating the direction in which two vehicles (or riders or ships) should move to pass one another on meeting, or which should give way to the other, so as to avoid collision

rule something out British & World English

Exclude (or include) something as a possibility

rule of engagement British & World English

A directive issued by a military authority specifying the circumstances and limitations under which forces will engage in combat with the enemy

thirty-year rule British & World English

A rule that public records may be open to inspection after a lapse of thirty years

ten-minute rule British & World English

A rule of the House of Commons allowing brief discussion of a motion to introduce a bill, each speech being limited to ten minutes


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