play by the rules

play by the rules

To adhere to the rules, strictures, or conditions imposed by person or body of authority. If you want to write for this paper, kid, you're going to have to play by the rules! She's always been attracted to bad boys who play by their own rules.
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play by the rules

follow what is generally held to be the correct line of behaviour.
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play by the ˈrules

deal fairly and honestly with people: You know how we conduct business here, and I expect you all to play by the rules in future.
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As part of the government's long-term economic plan we have taken action to make sure our economy delivers for people who want to work hard, play by the rules and contribute to this country," said Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.
CREDITORS have been told to play by the rules - and stop harassing debtors who have formal insolvency procedures under way.
In the world of business, it is extremely important that everyone play by the rules so that one person doesn't get burned.
Such action is a demonstration of how Gordon Brown's Government stands by people who play by the rules.
Votes don't always go our way, but we all need to play by the rules.
He explains that the larger employers that play by the rules and pay their taxes to support infrastructure are upset to see other work being done when those monies are not being paid into the system.
IN life, if you generally play by the rules, people will cut you some slack.
First, it would have siphoned off materials from legitimate C&D recycling operations trying to play by the rules.
They claim working out the angles on the cue ball is a geometry lesson in itself, English is needed to read the rules of the game and "citizenship skills" will be developed as pupils are taught to play by the rules.
He said: 'Those who play by the rules get the help.
Some of them, like Joe Elliott, struggle against all odds to play by the rules.
But the largest loss and the hardest to repair may be the public's growing lack of faith in American corporations and their ability to play by the rules.
To add insult to injury, not only will kids who did not break any laws be denied entry to the campus of their choice; their parents will be forced to subsidize the children of those who did not play by the rules.
Loury, a professor of economics and director of the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University, writes that under Clinton, "The Democrats' mantra became 'If you work hard and play by the rules, you shouldn't be poor.
Cheating is unfair to the students who play by the rules.