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 may be a fan of Rebus stories with officers playing by their own rules, but the chiefs were never going to let this slide.
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The rules have changed," said Levy, "and companies that have been very comfortable playing by their own rules, are just not going to make it.