rule against

rule against (someone or something)

To issue a judgment that goes against someone's or something's case. The judge ruled against the father, stating that he had not shown adequate reason to have sole custody of the children.
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rule against someone or something

to give a judgment against someone or something. The judge ruled against the prosecutor. The judge ruled against my motion.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rule against

To deliver a judgment that is not favorable to someone or something: The court ruled against the plaintiff, and no damages were awarded.
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He pointed out that the courts did not rule against Pervez Musharraf but he wasnt allowed to contest elections.
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Both civil and religious authorities endorse natural law when they rule against murder, which attacks life, or perjury which attacks truth.
I was expecting them to rule against the mayor but keep the marriage licenses valid until the constitutionality issue could be determined in the courts.
But we have no stance or rule against creating more; the decision is mainly whether we find new topics that pass scrutiny."
Public safety is in jeopardy if more courts rule against standards developers.
The optimal trust term to defer transfer taxes is a trust that will end on the expiration of the period established by the Rule Against Perpetuities.
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Microsoft has asked the court to rule against any Sun claim for damages that are in excess of the basic Java license fee.
Augustine (fifth century), Roman Catholics and certain Lutheran groups omit the rule against making graven images which other Christians list as the second commandment.
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Gary Alejano that Judge Andres Soriano of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 is being pressured by the government to rule against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.