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play by the rules
To adhere to the rules, strictures, or conditions imposed by person or body of authority. If you want to write for this paper, kid, you're going to have to play by the rules! She's always been attracted to bad boys who play by their own rules.
play by the rules follow what is generally held to be the correct line of behaviour.
play by the ˈrules deal fairly and honestly with people: You know how we conduct business here, and I expect you all to play by the rules in future.
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There's a lot of confusion in the online music space about who plays by the rules
and who doesn't," said Josh Felser, president of Spinner.