according to hoyle

Hoyle

[hoil]
noun
1.
Edmond, 1672–1769, English authority and writer on card games.
2.
Sir Fred, 1915–2001, British astronomer, mathematician, and educator.
Idioms
3.
according to Hoyle, according to the rules or to the authority; correctly.
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Hoyle1 (hɔɪl)
 
n
an authoritative book of rules for card games
 
[after Edmond Hoyle (1672--1769), English authority on games, its compiler]

Hoyle2 (hɔɪl)
 
n
Sir Fred. 1915--2001, English astronomer and writer: his books include The Nature of the Universe (1950) and Frontiers of Astronomy (1955), and science-fiction writings

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Hoyle
cited as a typical authority on card or board games, in ref. to Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769), author of several works on card-playing.
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according to Hoyle [(hoyl)]

With strict adherence to a set of rules; fairly and honorably: “We don't want to lose this case over any legal technicalities; everything must be done strictly according to Hoyle.” Hoyle was the author of a book on the game of whist in the eighteenth century; his name has since been used in the titles of many books of rules for card games.

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according to Hoyle

In keeping with established rules; on the highest authority, as in The tax records are in excellent order, all according to Hoyle. Edmond Hoyle (1679-1769) of England, author of books of rules for card games, was so highly regarded that numerous writers used his name on their own rule books, even for games that had not been invented by the time of Hoyle's death, so that his name became synonymous with any rules.

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