play by (one's) rules

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play by (one's) rules

To adhere to the rules, strictures, or conditions imposed by one. If you want to write for this paper, kid, you're going to have to play by my rules! I hated playing by the company's rules, so I broke off and set up my own firm.
See also: by, play, rule
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play by somebody’s ˈrules


play by your own ˈrules

if somebody plays by their own rules or makes other people play by their rules, they set the conditions for doing business or having a relationship: If we want to win this contract, we’re going to have to play by their rules for a while.
See also: by, play, rule
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Against the backdrop of September 22 governorship poll in Osun, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adam on Saturday urged standard bearers of all political parties, participating in the exercise to play by rules in the interest of the people.
"At the heart of the problem is the unwillingness of other countries to play by rules needed to create a truly open EU energy market, and the lack of storage facilities in the UK."
Tripp attacks the "game of school" in which "pretense, boredom, and cynicism are central elements in the destructive game that is the norm in American public high schools." A high school teacher for 30 years, he claims that students, teachers, administrators, and parents play by rules that stifle creativity in both students and teachers.