# Rule of thumb

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• 12-May-2008, 10:30
Tdol
Rule of thumb
You can get the definition of this idiom here.
• 12-May-2008, 12:52
RonBee
Re: Rule of thumb
Let's get down to brass tacks.
:-)
• 12-May-2008, 15:29
Re: Rule of thumb
In what context could I use this idiom?

X: I followed the instructions of someone. He told me to look for what I want in my dictionary.
Y: It's rule of thumb that.

Am I into deep? Or does it work?
• 12-May-2008, 15:55
banderas
Re: Rule of thumb
Quote:

In what context could I use this idiom?

X: I followed the instructions of someone. He told me to look for what I want in my dictionary.
Y: It's rule of thumb that.

Am I into deep? Or does it work?

A: How much is a portion of rice?
B: A rule of thumb is that it is is two and a half handfuls.

Rule of thumb is "likely that it refers to one of the numerous ways that thumbs have been used to estimate things - judging the alignment or distance of an object by holding the thumb in one's eye-line, the temperature of brews of beer, measurement of an inch from the joint to the nail to the tip, or across the thumb, etc."
• 12-May-2008, 20:01
RonBee
Re: Rule of thumb
Quote:

Originally Posted by banderas
A: How much is a portion of rice?
B: A rule of thumb is that it is is two and a half handfuls.

Rule of thumb is "likely that it refers to one of the numerous ways that thumbs have been used to estimate things - judging the alignment or distance of an object by holding the thumb in one's eye-line, the temperature of brews of beer, measurement of an inch from the joint to the nail to the tip, or across the thumb, etc."

Banderas's example is just right. If you use a rule of thumb measurement you are satisfied with an approximate measurement. You don't need exactitude.
:-)
• 13-May-2008, 02:19
Re: Rule of thumb
Definitely closer. It will be helpful for me. I get it! Thanks both banderas and RonBee.
• 10-Sep-2008, 17:15
Bogota63
Re: Rule of thumb
Quote:

In what context could I use this idiom?

X: I followed the instructions of someone. He told me to look for what I want in my dictionary.
Y: It's rule of thumb that.

Am I into deep? Or does it work?

In engineering "rule of thumb" is used when one calculates any result approximately, without doing the math.

Take into account that I am not a teacher, I am an engineer!

Regards,

Bogota63
• 19-Sep-2008, 17:41
Mohamed.Olympic
Re: Rule of thumb
Iam Mohamed Hussein
25 years
• 09-Oct-2008, 06:37
scientistofnaung
Re: Rule of thumb
it is a must to do
• 27-Aug-2009, 20:17
Huda-M
Re: Rule of thumb
A rule of thumb -- an estimation that is made... according to a rough and ready practical rule.
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