play by (one's) own rules

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play by (one's) own rules

To adhere to or follow only the guidelines or conditions set by oneself, rather than those imposed by someone else. If you want to write for this paper, kid, you work for me, so you can't just play by your own rules! I love working in advertising, but I hated playing by such a large corporation's rules, so I broke off and set up my own company.
See also: by, own, play, rule
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He knows what he wants, he is selfish, plays by his own rules, and does not have much regard for other people.
He's repeatedly shown the world that he plays by his own rules, and there's no apparent reason to think a lawsuit or two will change his mind.
Even in Sunday Mercury Towers I'm discussed in hushed tones as: "That devil-may-care outsider who plays by his own rules.
Played by Pulp Fiction star Ving Rhames, Theo Kojak returns as a policeman who plays by his own rules.
He loves life, loves women and loves to have a good time - and pretty much plays by his own rules.