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 Rule, Britannia.Rule of Thumb (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rule Nisi.
 
A “rule” is an order from one of the superior courts, and a “rule nisi” is such an order “to show cause.” That is, the rule is to be held absolute unless the party to whom it applies can “show cause” why it should not be so.   1
 


 Rule, Britannia.Rule of Thumb (The). 

 
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