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

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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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Summary: London [UK], July 27 (ANI): Venice has done what other places could not - tell tourists to play by their rules.
London [UK], July 27 ( ANI ): Venice has done what other places could not - tell tourists to play by their rules.
And a Labour government elected on June 8 won't play by their rules" - Labour leader JEREMY CORBYN.
There is an old adage that Americans are supposed to remember when they travel abroad: When you are in somebody else's back yard, you play by their rules.