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 Your best bet: Try implementing a no-shoes-in-the-house rule. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 Your best bet: Try implementing a no-shoes-in-the-house rule. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 Rachel’s sole house rule was for Patrick Jr. to stay clean. Joshuah Bearman, Vulture, 23 Aug. 2021 It was designed in 1964 by the textile designer Maija Isola who determinedly broke the house rule, which until that point had been no flowers. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 21 May 2021 The Senate, of course, can vote to ignore its own in-house rule wonk with a 60-vote majority, but that is not expected to happen. Philip Elliott, Time, 5 Apr. 2021 Angie Dodge had moved out after the two disagreed over a house rule, her mother said. Boaz Halaban, ABC News, 12 Mar. 2021 Establish your house rules, such as no guests and no drugs or alcohol. Ellen Lee, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 The shelter, which is housing close to its maximum of 72 people, has new house rules. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of house rule

1947, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

19 May 2022

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“House rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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