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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to criticize severely

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