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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]
See also: law
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was limited to the unwritten law of nations, for there was no necessary
Chicago women embraced their own version of the unwritten law during the early twentieth century.
There was an unwritten law then that "what happens on tour stays on tour".
Andrew was our golden boy, a paragon of everything small-town America holds to be noble, and by unwritten law the town will crucify him with a hatred equal to their betrayed love," notes Cage, morbidly.
Although different in several ways from honor, the unwritten law gave social sanction to violence when the purity of women became involved.
I foresaw a plague of footie authors horrified at this revelation, since the unwritten law of Scouseness is you can't mention Billy without the Liddellpool story appearing within two paragraphs.
There is an unwritten law, a sex offender has a hard time.
The "old" unwritten law recognized the right of a man justifiably to "kill the alleged libertine who had been sexually intimate with the defendant's wife, daughter, or sister.
It was an unwritten law that you had to ride Santa Gruz decks, OJ's or Speed Wheels, and Independent trucks exclusively-and it helped to throw a Bl'ast
The staffer operates a political action committee accused of attacking a fellow Republican in a primary - violating an unwritten law of party politics.
In the space of a decade, we've done '50s, '60s, '70s; an unwritten law of physics compels us to revive the '80s.
Loken comes to Live Nation from Ride Management where as a partner he oversaw a team that represented Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Trail of Dead, Unwritten Law and others.
They were part of that thing that's big in rugby union where if you're not picked, there's an unwritten law you help the team.
But local business owners said they would ignore the unwritten law and make sure both sets of fans were supplied with booze, The Mirror reports.