by the rules

idiom

Definition of 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.

Learn More about by the rules

Share by the rules

Statistics for by the rules

Look-up Popularity

Comments on by the rules

What made you want to look up by the rules? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!