rule of thumb


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rule of thumb

An approximation; a suggested method or guideline. A good rule of thumb is to plant your seedlings around the end of May.
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rule of thumb

a general principle developed through experiential rather than scientific means. As a rule of thumb, I move my houseplants outside in May. Going by a rule of thumb, we stop for gas every 200 miles when we are traveling.
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rule of thumb

A rough and useful principle or method, based on experience rather than precisely accurate measures. For example, His work with the youth group is largely by rule of thumb. This expression alludes to making rough estimates of measurements by using one's thumb. [Second half of 1600s]
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If the relationship is roughly constant across time, then it is a useful rule of thumb.
max] rule of thumb be abandoned, despite it being entrenched in blue crab literature.
Animated by this rule of thumb, the dissenters thought the Medicaid purposes the majority attributed to Maine Rx absurdly speculative.
It's a rule of thumb that if it grows locally, it's going to be good for you and it's going to be appropriate because it will grow at the right season.
The Rule of Thumb production, performed by New York City's Plays for Living five-member troupe, dramatically illustrates the social, medical and legal impact of domestic violence through interweaving personal scenarios.
Using this rule of thumb, dry matter consumption per day would be: cow - 30 pounds, bull - 37.
To the extent that the company being valued is average, the application of the rule of thumb may be indicative of value.
A rule of thumb, as the author explains, is a "homemade recipe
Although some vision vendors claim the ability to interpolate to 1/15 pixel, a better rule of thumb is 1/10 or less.
The best rule of thumb is: "Always install the latest viewer you have.
And ``follow Clara'' isn't necessarily a great rule of thumb, since she isn't necessarily easy to find or - until she gets that blue and white polka-dotted dress - always even recognizable.
A good rule of thumb is, "Everything in moderation.
com, a leading consumer banking marketplace on the Internet, says that insisting on a 2% or 3% rate drop before refinancing is an old rule of thumb that no longer applies.
In terms of employment, Boileau says the general rule of thumb is one construction job is created per megawatt.