Definition of golden rule in English:

golden rule

noun

  • 1A basic principle that should always be followed to ensure success in general or in a particular activity.

    ‘one of the golden rules in this class is punctuality’
    • ‘The golden rule for puddings is always to serve a wine that is sweeter than the dish.’
    • ‘So to sum up winter carp fishing, follow the three golden rules, make sure you are comfortable and warm, think where the carp may be, keep the baiting accurate and sensible and the results will come.’
    • ‘For that reason, he said negotiators should always remember the golden rules when striking deals - regardless of what was going on in politics.’
    • ‘Those are two basic golden rules, and they appear to me to be a matter of logic.’
    • ‘Debt is a fact of life for many people these days, but if you follow some golden rules you can avoid getting into trouble.’
    • ‘But if you have to borrow money, make sure you follow the golden rules.’
    • ‘Just make sure you follow the golden rule: Don't start a joke unless you do, in fact, know the ending.’
    • ‘The North West Coastguard advises anyone venturing in to the Bay to follow the golden rules to ensure they do not become another victim of its treacherous sands.’
    • ‘Over the course of an investing lifetime the effect of compound returns can be phenomenal but there are two golden rules to follow.’
    • ‘Each followed the golden rule of Web design: Keep it simple.’
    • ‘There is a golden rule in public policy: the name of a body is, almost always, the exact opposite of its real effect on the world.’
    • ‘It's a golden rule we've always held in high regard: to sound good you have to look good.’
    • ‘After a painfully drawn-out divorce from her childhood sweetheart more than 10 years ago, the Glaswegian set herself two golden rules: never marry again and always be self-sufficient.’
    • ‘As always, the golden rule was not to look at the Sun directly, either with the naked eye or through any optical instruments like a telescope, binoculars, dark sunglasses or smoked glass.’
    • ‘In changeable conditions he applied the golden rule - always be on the right tyres however many pit stops it takes.’
    • ‘Curtseying had always been a good fallback but today's experiences had proved this wasn't always a golden rule.’
    • ‘But do you know the golden rule you should always keep in mind when building your site and making it ready to welcome all those potential buyers?’
    • ‘But even by following your dentist's golden rule, you may still be hurting your overall health.’
    • ‘There are some golden rules to follow when choosing a hat.’
    • ‘But in fact, it's not hard to find fish, and the golden rule is generally to hug the shoreline.’
    doctrine, belief, creed, credo, attitude, rule, guideline, formula, standard, criterion, tenet, truism, code, ethic, maxim, motto, axiom, aphorism, notion, dictum, dogma, canon, law
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    1. 1.1 The biblical rule of ‘do as you would be done by’ (Matt. 7:12).
      • ‘What Rachel teaches us is the virtue of following the universal golden rule - treat others as you would want others to treat you.’
      • ‘This could include everything from telling the truth, fulfilling commitments and promises, and treating others as you would like to be treated; in other words, the golden rule.’
      • ‘We've still got church and sacraments, after all; we've got scripture and prayer; we've still got the golden rule and the Ten Commandments.’

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golden rule