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play the game

To conform, adhere to, or agree with that which is established or generally accepted, such as rules, beliefs, modes of behavior, etc. You might have some wild ideas for the future, but you'll never get anywhere in this business if you don't start playing the game! We all tend to have revolutionary ideals in our youth, but we usually play the game as we grow older.
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play the game

Behave according to accepted customs, obey the rules. For example, Not every foreign company can be counted on to play the game. The game here alludes to a sport with a set of rules. [Late 1800s] Also see play games.
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play the game

COMMON If you play the game, you do things in the accepted way or in the way that people who are senior to you in an organization expect you to, in order to keep your job or to succeed. To do well in politics, you have to play the game. The two official opposition parties must also play the game by the President's rules. Compare with be not playing the game.
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play the game

behave in a fair or honourable way; abide by the rules or conventions.
1993 Andy McNab Bravo Two Zero Shorncliffe was a nightmare, but I learned to play the game. I had to—there was nothing else for me.
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play the ˈgame

behave in a fair and honest way: That’s the third time this week you’ve left me to finish all your work. You’re not playing the game, Luke.
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play the game

Informal
To behave according to the accepted customs or standards.
See also: game, play
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But when you don't play the game right, bad things happen.
It meant Spencer and teammate Shawn Buhner had to leave the JetHawks in Lake Elsinore for a quick flight to North Carolina, play the game on Monday and then fly back early on Tuesday.
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