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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From his work marshalling disaster relief in earthquake-ravaged Haiti or post-Katrina New Orleans, to his reporting jaunts to Iraq on the eve of war, Penn has transcended movie stardom, and he is a cowboy playing by his own rules.
While the official statement about the club believing it is now "well positioned to meet UEFA's financial fair play rules" was inevitable, Abramovich is playing by his own rules again.
Playing by his own rules, he made artists such as Gaurav Raina and Chintan Kalra wear his rock chic ensembles.
For far too long Barlow has been Coronation Street's surly, tousle-haired, dangerously handsome outsider, playing by his own rules.
In the series most subversive gesture, an unabashed gay black person (Michael Williams) will prove to be the only 'real man', playing by his own rules and each side against each other.
The legendary artist has been playing by his own rules, and revolutionizing the music and entertainment industries in the process, for more than 25 years.
GAVIN Whelan is out on his own and playing by his own rules - just like he's always wanted.
As the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, and his principal ecclesiastical patrons were no longer ruling the roost, he insisted on playing by his own rules.
Even less well served: John Leguizamo and Bruce McGill, saddled with throwaway roles as, respectively, a cop with an all-too-obvious secret and a blowhard sergeant who constantly scolds James for playing by his own rules.
Bateman certainly knows his prison movies, as Cool Hand / Shawshank Murphy started playing by his own rules.