playbook

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

play +‎ book

Noun[edit]

playbook (plural playbooks)

  1. A book containing the text of a play.
  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.
    Synonyms: scheme, strategy
    • 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.
    They employ some of the most annoying tactics in the sales playbook.