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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Playing by your own rules is a tough thing to do when it seems like no one else plays by any at all.
They also proved that sticking to your guns, playing by your own rules and not shying away from speaking your mind will eventually pay off.