house rule


Definition of house rule

: a rule (as in a game) that applies only among a certain group or in a certain place

Examples of house rule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Angie Dodge had moved out after the two disagreed over a house rule, her mother said. Boaz Halaban, ABC News, "A mother's pursuit for justice overturns wrongful conviction, catches the true killer," 12 Mar. 2021 Establish your house rules, such as no guests and no drugs or alcohol. Ellen Lee, New York Times, "How to Find a Reliable Babysitter," 17 Apr. 2020 The shelter, which is housing close to its maximum of 72 people, has new house rules. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Domestic abuse shelters cope with pandemic constraints," 15 Apr. 2020 Your best bet: Try implementing a no-shoes-in-the-house rule. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Carpet the Right Way, According to a Cleaning Expert," 13 Jan. 2020 Lake people earnestly own painted Adirondack chairs, insist on idiosyncratic house rules to various card games and probably have at least one nautically decorated bathroom. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Zoo That Divided a Town," 14 Mar. 2020 Cheri Oteri In Season 3, Larry’s inability to respect other people’s house rules leads to the firing of a peculiar nanny, played by Saturday Night Live alum Cheri Oteri. Peter Allen Clark, Time, "The 12 Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Cameos of All Time," 17 Jan. 2020 We were greeted by our host, Mylene, who walked us through the house rules (mainly around apartment temperature control, no surprises there). Erika Owen, Condé Nast Traveler, "My Favorite Airbnb in Madrid: A Lofted Apartment with Seven Balconies," 17 Jan. 2020 To make sure both parties are on the same page, Airbnb encourages hosts to establish house rules ahead of time, such as no smoking or no loud music. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to know if you're hosting an Airbnb in Milwaukee in 2020," 20 Dec. 2019

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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“House rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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