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unwritten law

An accepted although informal rule of behavior, as in It's an unwritten law that you lock the gate when you leave the swimming pool. [Mid-1400s]
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Having established the firm and its reputation from premises in Hoults Yard, Unwritten has moved into the listed Citygate House, where it will occupy 1,200sqft of space, giving it ample opportunity for growth.
The Unwritten Rules of the Road" is an important supplement in this respect, as the book fills in many of the blanks left by school-based and commercial driving programs.
After reviewing history that shows how the pillars supported the unwritten fiscal constitution, White argues that the nature of fiscal budgeting changed after 2000.
Finally, no article squarely addresses two difficulties regarding Plato's unwritten doctrines that were raised back in 1945 by Harold Chemiss.
Addressing a rally here, Modi said: "The bad condition of Kerala is due to the unwritten understanding between the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the state, which indulge in a "friendly match" and form governments in the state alternatively.
America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By, by Akhil Reed Amar, Basic Books, 640 pages, $29.
America's unwritten constitution; the precedents and principles we live by.
America's Unwritten Constitution covers the basic principles, common practices and more that make up our unwritten Constitution, showing how written and unwritten Constitutions fit together and offering a focus on the little-covered 'unwritten' concept.
Over the past 10 years, my research into human behavior has yielded two inter-related unwritten rules that seem to prevent or hinder cooperation between groups.
In the swirling story that permeates the series "The Unwritten," the protagonist Tom Taylor is enveloped by the uncertain fear that exploits of boy wizard Tommy Taylor might be more than just stories loved by millions.
I think Arsene said there was an unwritten rule that you don't say things which are in the tunnel.
But observe the unwritten laws and leave the family out of it.
The problem raised in the article appeared to be that the Odeon did not display or otherwise make the public aware of the unwritten age-restricting rule and not that they have the rule in the first place.
This unwritten rule has come into the game and opportunist players have just overdone it.
In fact, not only does Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin believe that the court has the power to do this, but she also has argued that the court has the duty to be judicially active--and that this activism need not be based solely on what currently exists in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but can rest on unwritten but transcendent Charter principles.