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rule US English

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

rule US Thesaurus

health and safety rules

divide and conquer US English

The policy of maintaining control over one’s subordinates or subjects by encouraging dissent between them

em rule US English

A long dash (—) used in punctuation

en rule US English

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

Rule 43 US English

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

em rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

long dash (—) used in punctuation, roughly the width of the letter M; set with no space either side

en rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

a short dash, the width of an en, used especially between figures (the 1939–45 war); set with no space either side

foot rule US English

A foot-long measuring instrument

gag rule US English

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

home rule US English

The government of a colony, dependent country, or region by its own citizens

mob rule US English

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

self-rule US English

Another term for self-government111.

home rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

government of a place by its own citizens

direct rule US English

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

golden rule US English

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

ground rule US English

A basic principle

phase rule US English

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

plumb rule US English

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

as a rule US English

Usually, but not always

rule-bound US English

Overly limited or restricted by rules

slide rule US English

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

indirect rule US English

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

majority rule US English

The principle that the greater number should exercise greater power

Simpson's rule US 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 US 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 US 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 US English

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

selection rule US English

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

ten-minute rule US 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 US English

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

trapezium rule US 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

fifty-year rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

rule making public records available after fifty years, superseded in 1968 by the thirty-year rule

work-to-rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphens, three words as verb)


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