by the rules


: 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.

Examples of by the rules in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is nothing that exempts AI technology from copyright law or that excuses AI companies from playing by the rules. Jem Aswad, Variety, 24 June 2024 Not playing by the rules of the rainbow isn’t just silliness for silliness’ sake. Ben Travers, IndieWire, 21 June 2024 DoorDash issued a statement to Fox News Digital acknowledging the situation, stating that any driver who doesn't abide by the rules of the road will face consequences. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 5 June 2024 Abide by the rules, and take care of matters yourself. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for by the rules 

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“By the rules.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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