[pley-boo k] /ˈpleɪˌbʊk/

(in Elizabethan drama) the script of a , used by the actors as an acting text.
a containing the scripts of one or more .
Football. a notebook containing descriptions of all the and strategies used by a team, often accompanied by diagrams, issued to players for them to study and memorize before the season begins.
Informal. any plan or set of strategies, as for outlining a campaign in business or politics.
a book containing a range of possible set plays
a notional range of possible tactics in any sphere of activity

also play-book, 1530s, “book of stage plays,” from play (n.) + book (n.). Meaning “Book of football plays” recorded from 1965.


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