house rule


Definition of house rule

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

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In 2018, the Ecuadorian Embassy chastised its most famous tenant, giving Assange a set of house rules that instructed him to clean his bathroom and take better care of his cat. Reis Thebault, The Seattle Times, "The mystery of Julian Assange’s cat: Where will it go? What does it know?," 12 Apr. 2019 Condominium documents: Most associations have a declaration, bylaws and house rules. Benny L. Kass,, "What should unmarried couple keep in mind before buying condo?," 30 May 2018 There are not only are no requirements under the house rules or the Senate rules that every member vote in committee substantive vote. The Kansas City Star, kansascity, "Secret Kansas town hall (transcript) | The Kansas City Star," 19 Jan. 2018 Families can find tips on how to set house rules at, a website created by teen driving experts at CHOP., "Tips to get teens off their devices when they drive," 19 June 2018 But not all residents of the facility have abided by the house rules. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Sober living' house at risk after opioid deaths," 27 May 2018 When her mom tried to lay down some house rules, Domingo decided to run away. CBS News, "Has "The Golden State Killer" been caught?," 28 Apr. 2018 Your board could adopt a house rule, limiting the size and weight of patio furniture, or requiring residents to anchor large objects to the floor, Mr. Sherman said. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "When Furniture Rains from Above," 17 Feb. 2018 Such maneuvering, periodically allowed under house rules, is likely to intensify before an April 7 deadline. Samy Adghirni,, "Matchmaking Season Begins in Brazil as Politicians Seek Parties," 6 Mar. 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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