What does rule of thumb mean?


Idiom Meaning:

general rule of guideline


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Rancho Deluxe (1975)

Time of Scene: ~01:29:40

Henry Beige: I’m gonna give you a rule of thumb. You foller it and you just might hold on to this ranch of yours. All large-scale crime is an inside job. Takin’ fingerprints and sendin’ trash off to the lab just don’t ger her done. If you’re dealin’ with people, you gotta be human.

Laura Beige: C’mon Henry, let’s blow this pop stand. I wanna get to Great Falls and spend my cut.


Predators (2010)

Time of Scene: ~00:21:40

Nikolai: United States Special Forces. This is strange. He is supposed to be deployed in Afghanistan.

Stans: What’s he doing here, setting traps for us?

Royce: They weren’t meant for us. He was hunting something else. Something a lot bigger.

Edwin: Bigger?

Royce: The trunk was a deadfall. Rule of thumb with a deadfall is you set the weight five times that of the target animal. Whatever it was, got through the trip wires. And did this.


The Walking Dead “Judge, Jury, Executioner” (2012)

Time of Scene: ~00:17:40

Carl Grimes: I said it’s stupid to believe in heaven. ‘Cause it is.

Rick Grimes: Well, just think about that for a minute. She just lost her daughter. She wants to believe she’s still alive in some way.

Carl Grimes: But she…

Rick Grimes: Don’t. Don’t talk. Think. It’s a good rule of thumb for life.

Carl Grimes: Mom always wants you to talk more.

Rick Grimes: Don’t change the subject. You owe Carol an apology. You made a mistake. Fix it.



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