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. I hated the oppressive corporate environment, so I started my own firm so I could play by my own rules. If you want to write for this paper, kid, you work for me, so you can't just play by your own rules!
See also: by, own, play, rule
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"I never wanted to play with anyone else because I would play by my own rules. I was alone a lot."
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.