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 The specific context was a rule (house rule 16 paragraph 7) cited by Johnson that forbade an amendment from substantially changing the purpose of a resolution. Noah Rothman, National Review, 1 Nov. 2023 Twelfth House The twelfth house rules your subconscious, your intuition, and the unknown. Narayana Montúfar, Women's Health, 14 Aug. 2023 Frances split the bills three ways, set the house rules, and stuck a cleaning rota on the fridge. Mary Costello, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 And youth can also has its advantages for the parents: Recently, one of the girls tried to skirt a house rule banning social media (the kids are also required to turn in their devices by 8:30 p.m.) and hid a Snapchat account on her phone. Eileen Finan, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2023 And while the seventh house rules open enemies, the twelfth house rules secret enemies (think: people who might gossip about you behind your back). Narayana Montúfar, Women's Health, 14 Aug. 2023 Plus, in an exclusive interview, Drew uncovers the house rules of her own home, shaped by her passion for interior design and her two daughters. Ella Field, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2023 Having visibility into your child's social media activity allows parents to come up with a set of house rules that set clear boundaries and expectations. Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal, Parents, 21 July 2023 As even roommates, spouses and children (Miss Manners makes no claim about whether these are distinct groups) may occasionally fail to follow house rules, temporary houseguests must be allowed more latitude. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 12 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of house rule was in 1947

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“House rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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