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golden rule

the rule of construction that directs the person construing a provision, usually a statute, to read it according to the ordinary sense of the words unless, however, such a reading produces some illogicality or inconsistency. If this happens then it is permissible to read it so that the illogicality is removed but no further. See STATUTORY INTERPRETATION.
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The authors have organized their text around their titular ten golden rules, each based around the work of one philosopher.
The experts have revealed that not over-eating, avoiding being overweight, eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and taking some "tried and tested pills" are the five golden rules to remaining healthy, the Daily Express reported.
Les regles d'or du lobbying' (The golden rules of lobbying) by Stephane Desselas and Natacha Clarac, 2012, 21, pp 273, editions du Palio - editionsdupalio.
The Golden Rules underline the importance of full transparency, measuring and monitoring of environmental impacts and engagement with local communities; careful choice of drilling sites and measures to prevent any leaks from wells into nearby aquifers; rigorous assessment and monitoring of water requirements and of waste water; measures to target zero venting and minimal flaring of gas; and improved project planning and regulatory control.
Thus I leave you with the golden rules, which my children are reminded of every day at school and which we have adopted at home, in the hope that you will publish them and your readers will apply them always and share them with their families and friends to make our country a better place.
Seventy-two jewellery retailers in Britain and elsewhere have signed up to the Golden Rules, a set of social, human rights, and environmental criteria for more responsible mining of gold and other precious metals.
Ten Golden Rules is an interactive marketing agency founded by Jay Berkowitz based in Boca Raton, Florida.
My own favorite examples, qua recipient, are supposed golden rules of wallpaper-hanging (less paste, more speed) and freestyle swimming (choose the path of most resistance).
They came up with the golden rules for the six different body shapes.
From the seven golden rules of emotional first aid (including "Listen--don't talk", "Be compassionate--not critical", and "Do not attempt a diagnosis") to recommendations specific to certain aggrieved situations such as the loss of a child, an impending divorce, or trauma of humiliation, Emotional First Aid Manual walks the reader through what to say and how to say it in order to be a good friend and a source of comfort in a time of need.
Now we have five golden rules which all the pupils and teachers know.
THERE are three golden rules in football - actually there are loads more, but these should cover the still frantic fall-out from Sunday's immaturity-fest at Old Trafford.