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ground rule

Usually, ground rules. basic or governing principles of conduct in any situation or field of endeavor:
the ground rules of press conferences.
Sports. any of certain rules specially adopted, as in baseball and softball, for dealing with situations or circumstances arising chiefly from the particular nature of the playing area or the interference of spectators.
Origin of ground rule
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
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  • The next one by the same player is a ground rule double.
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  • The ground rule for this briefing is that it's on background.
  • Refer to the ground rule about giving others a chance to participate.
British Dictionary definitions for ground rule

ground rule

a procedural rule or principle
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