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rule of thumb
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  • The rule of thumb was simple: One is none.†   (source)
  • I didn't know who they were or who they worked for, but a good general rule of thumb is to avoid people with electric stun guns.†   (source)
  • The bug offered a substantial break: The rule of thumb is that every two to three pounds slows a horse by a length in racing's middle distances of amile to a mile and a quarter, while in longer races every pound slows a horse by one length.†   (source)
  • In all my adventures among hundreds of Americans I have discovered that the rule of thumb does not work.†   (source)
  • He was struggling not to allow into his mind the thought that was pressing against its periphery: What were the chances and how long would it take-according to the mathematical theory of probability-for primitive men, working by rule-of-thumb, to hit the right combination of parts and re-create the motor of this engine?†   (source)
  • We learned to tell the workers from the warriors — if you had time, you could tell from the shape of the carapace, but the quick rule of thumb was: If he comes at you, he's a warrior; if he runs, you can turn your back on him.†   (source)
  • A good rule of thumb when you drink with a subject is that you keep yourself twice as sober as he is.†   (source)
  • By the rule of thumb that every two to three pounds slows a horse by a length at eight to ten furlongs (a mile to a mile-and-a-quarter), and every pound costs him a length at ten furlongs or more, Seabiscuit was running with massive handicaps.†   (source)
  • This became a kind of rule of thumb for him, to hire somebody if they couldn't speak English, even blacks from Haiti or Ethiopia, because he figured they were new to the land and understood that no one would help them for nothing.†   (source)
  • "Over the years military planners have arrived at a rule of thumb which dictates that functional fighting units cannot be substantially larger than 200 men," Dunbar writes.†   (source)
  • A magician is a rule-of-thumb engineer.†   (source)
  • It borrows from it devices, tricks, stratagems, rules of thumb, themes, converts them into a system, and discards the rest.†   (source)
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