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play +‎ book


playbook (plural playbooks)

  1. A book containing the text of a play or plays.
  2. A book of games and amusements for children.
  3. (US, American football) A book of strategies (plays) for use in American football.
  4. (by extension) A set of commonly employed tactics and strategies.
    They employ some of the most annoying tactics in the sales playbook.
    • 2017 March 17, Martin Kettle, “We used to think Theresa May was a safe pair of hands. We can no longer say that”, in The Guardian[1]:
      This isn’t merely a gamble on May’s part. It’s an act of reckless political daring. It’s straight out of Danton’s playbook on boldness – de l’audace, et encore de l’audace, et toujours de l’audace. And look what happened to Danton – he lost his head.
    • 2017 March 21, Ed Finn, “The Corrupt Personalization of Netflix”, in Slate[2]:
      The company has built its business on the motto “everything is a recommendation”—the company likes to brag that it tailors every aspect of its interface for each individual user. It’s a playbook the company perfected with House of Cards, which was a tremendous gamble for the business of television when Netflix launched the show in 2013.
    • 2020 March 5, Mike Isaac; David Yaffe-Bellany; Karen Weise, “Workplace vs. Coronavirus: ‘No One Has a Playbook for This’”, in New York Times[3]:
      “No one has a playbook for this,” said Dan Levin, who runs a small company outside Chicago, Cain Millwork, which makes furniture and wall paneling. He said he was planning to have some of his office employees work from home.