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as a (general) rule

usually; almost always. He can be found in his office as a general rule. As a general rule, Jane plays golf on Wednesdays. As a rule, things tend to get less busy after supper time.
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as a rule

in general; usually. As a rule, men should wear tuxedos at formal dinners. As a rule, the bus picks me up at 7:30 every morning.
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as a (general) rule

usually As a rule, we go away in June, but this year, we will take a trip in the fall.
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as a rule

In general, usually, as in As a rule Irene does not eat meat. [Mid-1800s]
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as a rule

In general; for the most part: As a rule, we take the bus.
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