the rules of the game


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the rules of the game

General standards, guidelines, or governing principles of how something is done or how one should behave in a given situation or endeavor, especially those that are informal or unspoken. Unfortunately, smear tactics and name calling are just part of the rules of the game in an election these days.
See also: game, of, rule

the rules of the ˈgame

the standards of behaviour that most people accept or that actually operate in a particular area of life or business: It was a very competitive and aggressive business, so I had to learn the rules of the game very quickly.
See also: game, of, rule
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In between, before the 2006 [July War] the rules of the game were not to attack any place beyond Shebaa, the reason being there are no civilians there, it's a completely militarized zone," Goksel said.
Hamas will have to pay a price for changing the rules of the game," Barak
These divisions are becoming more violent and perhaps the expansion of these divisions is the new element that has changed the rules of the game.
was clarifying the rules of the game, I could not be blamed for my
The players that have to cheat or have to use illegal moves to get ahead, those are the ones that shouldn't get ahead by bending the rules of the game.
Inequality quickly surfaces, but players don't mind because they understand that the rules of the game are fair and equitable.
This view would accept the impartial umpire model if and only if the ECB-reinforced IMF would have the authority to tell the United States what the rules of the game are.
Diagrams do appear from time-to-time, but my logical facilities are for better or for worse not focused enough to decide the rules of the game in advance.
Companies should make investments with adequate frameworks in place that assure a reasonable return and stability concerning the rules of the game.
They claim working out the angles on the cue ball is a geometry lesson in itself, English is needed to read the rules of the game and "citizenship skills" will be developed as pupils are taught to play by the rules.
However, one assumption of the rules of the game is that everyone begin equal--$1,800.
However, like any maturing communications platform, the rules of the game are increasingly complex and require careful planning and strategic execution.
A good coach has more than one game plan, knows the rules of the game, and creates the right atmosphere for learning and winning.
Elites can, in times of rapid change such as an extension of the suffrage, act to change the rules of the game to lock in advantage.
Villa director and club secretary Mr Steve Stride said he was pleased to know that women fans were so devoted to the club that they had researched the rules of the game.