rule of the road
Date: 1871 a customary practice (as driving always on a particular side of the road or yielding the right of way) developed in the interest of safety and often subsequently reinforced by law; especially any of the rules making up a code governing ships in matters relating to mutual safety

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Rule of the road — Rule Rule, n. [OE. reule, riule, OF. riule, reule, F. r[ e]gle, fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere, rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See {Right}, a., and cf. {Regular}.] 1. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rule of the road — may refer to: *Right and left hand traffic, regulations requiring all vehicular traffic to keep either to the left or the right side of the road * Traffic code (also motor vehicle code), the collection of local statutes, regulations, ordinances… …   Wikipedia

  • rule of the road — noun a) The regulation requiring all traffic (travelling on a road or otherwise) to keep either to the left or the right. The general rule of the road for steamers is precisely the same as the general rule of the pavement for foot passengers in… …   Wiktionary

  • rule of the road — Naut. any of the regulations concerning the safe handling of vessels under way with respect to one another, imposed by a government on ships in its own waters or upon its own ships on the high seas. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • rules of the road — noun The laws that govern driving, especially of motorists and cyclists. See Also: rule of the road …   Wiktionary

  • Rules of the road in the People's Republic of China — Traffic law in mainland China is still in its nascent stage (see Road Traffic Safety Law of the People s Republic of China). Therefore, the rules of the road in the People s Republic of China are understood to mean both the codified and… …   Wikipedia

  • Rule of three — Rule Rule, n. [OE. reule, riule, OF. riule, reule, F. r[ e]gle, fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere, rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See {Right}, a., and cf. {Regular}.] 1. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rule of thumb — Rule Rule, n. [OE. reule, riule, OF. riule, reule, F. r[ e]gle, fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere, rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See {Right}, a., and cf. {Regular}.] 1. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rule of St. Benedict — • Lengthy article on the text of the Rule and its composition, some analysis, and practical application Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Rule of St. Benedict     Rule of St. Benedict …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • The Ballad of the White Horse — is a poem by G K Chesterton about the idealized exploits of the Saxon King Alfred the Great, published in 1911 AD. Written in ballad form, the work is usually considered an epic poem. The poem narrates how Alfred was able to defeat the invading… …   Wikipedia

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