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by the rules

Definition of by the rules

  1. :  in the way that is most common, expected, and acceptable <After years of boredom, he grew tired of living by the rules.> <She has always played by the rules throughout her career.>



Word by Word Definitions

ruleplay rules
  1. :  a prescribed guide for conduct or action

    :  the laws or regulations prescribed by the founder of a religious order for observance by its members

    :  an accepted procedure, custom, or habit

  1. :  to exert control, direction, or influence on

    :  to exercise control over especially by curbing or restraining

    :  to exercise authority or power over often harshly or arbitrarily


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