Ground-rule meaning

(sports) A rule governing the playing of a game on a particular field, course, or court.
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A basic rule of procedure or behavior.
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(baseball) Any of a set of rules adapted to playing conditions in a specific ballpark.
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Any basic principle or guideline for carrying out a specific activity.

The ground rules for running an efficient household.

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(sports) A rule regarding play on a specific field, course, or court.
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(idiomatic, usually in the plural) The basic rules or standards; whatever someone must know before proceeding.

Make sure everybody knows the ground rules for the trip before they leave.

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