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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And the message from Venus, who like Serena is a five-time former Wimbledon singles champion, is that she is playing by her own rules.
She's already playing by her own rules where she can.
And even though most in the music industry would consider her a major artist, DiFranco still records on her own label, Righteous Babe Records, and is still playing by her own rules.