One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Have it as a habit or general principle to do something.‘I make it a rule never to mix business with pleasure’
- ‘Asked if he ever stopped, he answered that he and Ljubica tried to make it a rule to do so by ten o'clock at night, having begun more than twelve hours before.’
- ‘I make it a rule to ignore goofy self-help gurus proffering their brand of cheese or fish or whatever.’
- ‘He had never been to this place before, always made it a rule to stay away.’
- ‘Coming from a big family meant she enjoyed the customers and, like Henry, made it a rule to treat everyone the same.’
- ‘I made it a rule to put down in writing, after every conversation, what had taken place.’
- ‘Even though my firm is operating in an unregulated environment, I have always made it a rule to present clients with clear illustrations of the effects of charges on their proposed investment vehicles.’
- ‘Ever since then I have made it a rule to remember his words and the training goal they represent whenever I practice.’
- ‘I've now made it a rule to take care of at least one niggling work-related task each day.’
- ‘About five days ago, Jacob made it a rule to get back into shape.’
- ‘Former prime ministers had made it a rule to visit the shrine during the shrine's festival in spring, or sometime in autumn, or on Aug 15.’
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