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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He said: 'Those who cannot play by their own rules and run the affairs of their own party in accordance with laid down rules should not be rewarded with elective positions.
Al Assad and the Russian government want to play by their own rules to win the war and then get the West to pay for rebuilding Syria.
"This is a small subset of individuals who think they can play by their own rules because they continue to get a slap on the wrist when we arrest them."
"They took me to a village police station and I know what those places are like - they play by their own rules.
"It's vital a statutory code of practice is put in place so social media platforms cannot play by their own rules when it comes to the safety of children.
Clinton's opponents will probably be more critical of the fact that the Clintons play by their own rules and manage to get away with it.
Many critics of Clinton and her husband claim they believe they're entitled to play by their own rules. This would not be the time for Hillary Clinton to adopt that demeanor.
The message sent, and understood, is that some institutions -- of all kinds -- are immune from scrutiny and can play by their own rules.
"Their philosophy is simple: we are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. Well, I m here to say they are wrong," he said.
"With two TV giants dominating the film market, they tend to play by their own rules, which means they tend to keep all the rights for themselves," complains Cima.
BANKERS play by their own rules because they're bigger than the Government.
One would imagine that the "extensive consultation process" that had been promised would be everything that they had wished for, but the LEA continue to play by their own rules.
All negotiated record-breaking contracts early in their careers, and they leveraged their ability to win games and put fans in the seats to play by their own rules. (Robertson went further still, waging the court case that eventually brought free agency to the National Basketball Association.) More than that, says Welch, they and others like them forced "reluctant and occasionally hostile audiences to confront issues of race, war, and free expression, and we are all better for their efforts."
What about those other bloggers, who play by their own rules and who believe that doing elementary things like fact-checking would somehow compromise the spontaneity of their medium?
"The Enforcers have a reputation for complete inflexibility around the city yet they don't play by their own rules."