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according to Hoyle

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The title page of Hoyle's 1758 treatise on backgammon.

English

Etymology

Eponymous of Edmond Hoyle, an early author on the subject of card gaming.

Pronunciation

Adverb

according to Hoyle

  1. (idiomatic) In strict accordance with the rules, especially of card games; in the proper or expected manner.
    • 1902, Gilbert Parker, Donovan Pasha and Some People of Egypt, ch. 11,
      This isn't a country where things are cut and dried, and done according to Hoyle.
    • 2007, Phil Axelrod, "District Spotlight: PAC men's basketball follows form," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 22 Feb. (retrieved 8 Aug. 2008),
      The opening round of the Presidents' Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament went according to Hoyle.

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