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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

rule English Thesaurus

you should follow any health and safety rules which apply to your workplace

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 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

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

mob rule British & World English

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

rule book British & World English

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

self-rule British & World English

Another term for self-government111.

direct rule British & World English

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

golden rule British & World English

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

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

as a rule British & World English

Usually, but not always

rule-bound British & World English

Overly limited or restricted by rules

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

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

majority rule British & World English

The principle that the greater number should exercise greater power

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

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

five-second rule British & World English

A notional rule stating that food which has been dropped on the ground will still be uncontaminated with bacteria and therefore safe to eat if it is retrieved within five seconds

rule of law British & World English

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

selection rule British & World English

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

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

thirty-year rule British & World English

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

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 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 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

Chatham House Rule British & World English

A rule or principle according to which information disclosed during a meeting may be reported by those present, but the source of that information may not be explicitly or implicitly identified

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

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 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

run the rule over British & World English

Examine cursorily for correctness or adequacy

Fleming's left-hand rule British & World English

A mnemonic concerning the behaviour of a current-carrying conductor in a magnetic field, according to which the directions of the magnetic field, the current, and the force exerted on the conductor are indicated respectively by the first finger, second finger, and thumb of the left hand when these are held out perpendicular to each other

Fleming's right-hand rule British & World English

A mnemonic concerning the behaviour of a conductor moving in a magnetic field, according to which the directions of the magnetic field, the induced current, and the motion of the conductor are indicated respectively by the first finger, second finger, and thumb of the right hand when these are held out perpendicular to each other

work-to-rule in work to rule British & World English

An instance or period of working to rule

by rule in rule British & World English

In a regular manner according to a particular set of rules

the exception proves the rule British & World English

The fact that some cases do not follow a rule proves that the rule applies in all other cases

rule with a rod of iron British & World English

Control or govern very strictly or harshly

make it a rule to do something British & World English

Have it as a habit or general principle to do something


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