play by (one's) own rules

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play by (one's) own rules

To adhere to or follow only the guidelines or conditions set by oneself, rather than those imposed by someone else. If you want to write for this paper, kid, you work for me, so you can't just play by your own rules! I love working in advertising, but I hated playing by such a large corporation's rules, so I broke off and set up my own company.
See also: by, own, play, rule
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We should impose a self-denying ordinance and stop writing these dreadful scandalous books seeking to expose what should be confidential" Labour MP Stephen Pound "I became an actor to be a rogue and a vagabond and play by my own rules, so I don't think it would be apt for the establishment to pull me in as one of their own - for I ain't" Actor Jeremy Irons "This is going to be the only opportunity in my lifetime, and possibly for generations to come, to give Britain back its independence.