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ground rule

A basic guideline or governing principle of procedural conduct in a given situation or endeavor. Often used in the plural ("ground rules"). The phrase is a reference to baseball, in which different ballparks have specific ground rules that govern play for that particular field. Before we begin the debate, let's establish some ground rules about what may and may not be discussed OK, class, here are the ground rules: no talking during class and no cell phones. Follow those and you'll stay on my good side.
See also: ground, rule

ground rules

Basic guidelines or governing principles of procedural conduct in a given situation or endeavor. A reference to baseball, where the ground rules govern the rule of play specific to different ballparks. Before we begin the debate, let's establish some ground rules about what may and may not be discussed.
See also: ground, rule
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The Prestea Municipal Director of Education, Martha Quarangle, urged the beneficiaries to respect the ground rules for which the scholarships had been awarded them.
To prevent this from happening, each requires ground rules so that promising ideas are protected until they can stand on their own.
Ground Rule #3: Every person in the firm should know what is expected of them, how their role fits into the whole, and how their performance will be measured.
Under principle four, violations of the ground rules could result in expulsion of the journalist involved from the combat zone."
'My role is to implement the mutually agreed upon ground rules of the ceasefire,' he said.
New Delhi [India], July 3 ( ANI ): State Bank of India (SBI) chairman Rajnish Kumar said there is a need for certain ground rules to be established by all member banks in a consortium, keeping in mind the larger interest.
We have set out ground rules for how sites should behave, as well as being clear on how regulators can ensure people have a better experience online.
As a result, youngsters at Kiddie Cats Pre-School, based at St Philip's Community Centre, follow the ground rules and behave very well.
New ground rules. The manager set out new ground rules to govern both the team's and the manager's actions, including the consequences for breaking those rules.
Moira gives in and agrees, but with some ground rules. She soon regrets this decision when she sees the state of the farm afterwards, and wants Charity out.
They and 10 fellow scholars discuss what these solutions might look like and what ground rules might guide their development.
we do not really need to agree all the time; so long as you will agree on the ground rules of how you will disagree." The problem is, a misinterpreted essence of this message has been taken so deeply to heart by our Parliamentarians that the ground of the rules keeps sinking further and further with each new session.
The tournament will be governed by the Astec Ground Rules which will be distributed to all participating teams while the players' classification will be based on the Astec Tennis Players Classification List of 2013.
You need to put down some ground rules for both of you - he should be straight with you about what he's doing and you need to stop questioning his every move.