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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Not to play by someone's rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside, and altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature," said Muzychuk.