unwritten rule

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unwritten rule

A law, provision, or guideline that is generally accepted but not formally established or enforced. It's become something of an unwritten rule that people from different departments only sit together during lunch. It's just an unwritten rule that a new president will make his previous tax returns public—seems kind of suspicious if they don't. The unwritten rule for many years was that successful athletes were given free passes for bad behavior or poor grades, so long as they remained successful in their sport.
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The Ireland head coach has always had an unwritten rule that players who move overseas will all but end their international careers - but he's also said that players could still be selected in an 'emergency'.
"Was there a bit of an unwritten rule that it wasn't discussed in the dressing room?" Sheringham says in his Utd Unscripted piece on the club's website.
Shawn continued, "I think at every point someone breaks an unwritten rule, but there are different levels to it.
The airport strongly rejected the existence of an unwritten rule and stated the 21 workers who signed a letter backing Mr Singh were lying in a bid to get her off the hook.
Vaughan said Australia had broken an unwritten rule by taking an object onto the pitch to tamper with the ball even though he admitted many teams used"tricks"during matches.
"There is an unwritten rule and as long as that is maintained then fine, but I am not sure it has.
I He knows it's an unwritten rule of mine that I never sing and drink on the same day Sting
There is no rule against the full-court press, it's just an unwritten rule that most teams retreat to their own end of the floor to set up their half-court defense instead of immediately launching into a fast-paced defensive strategy.
According to former ambassador Ljupco Arsovski, on the other hand, this has nothing to do with the election campaign since it's an unwritten rule for Greek presidents to make such statements whenever they visit northern Greece.
They thought he should have kept quiet, because it's an unwritten rule that they never repeat anything said in their cabs.
Dozens others posted online videos of themselves behind the wheel, rebelling against an unwritten rule.
Stevens, who had already decided to leave the drama, told the Radio Times: "I think what emerged is that it's an unwritten rule that you're not supposed to die on British television on Christmas Day, and that, specifically, was not my doing."
It is an unwritten rule of McCoy's that he never puts up overweight, and he said yesterday: "I won't be eating much tonight but I'm doing it because he has got a bit of a chance.
But Moyes hit back was an unwritten rule that you don't say things which are in the tunnel.