Definition of play by one's own rules in English:

play by one's own rules

phrase

  • Act as one chooses, rather than following convention.

    ‘a maverick cop who plays by his own rules’
    • ‘The teenage thug is determined to play by his own rules and he continues to break things, steal cars, huff glue.’
    • ‘The move allows him to legitimately work from outside the system and play by his own rules.’
    • ‘The local authorities find it might just be best to let him play by his own rules.’
    • ‘For better or worse, he has always played by his own rules, no matter how ridiculous it's made him look.’
    • ‘He plays by his own rules, and that ultimately may be the personality trait that overrides his talent.’
    • ‘The commercial portrays him as an imperious billionaire who plays by his own rules.’
    • ‘She obviously has a warm relationship with the president but is known for playing by her own rules.’
    • ‘He was a man out of control trying to make sense of what he did by playing by his own rules.’
    • ‘I have this one idea about a cop who's about to get thrown off the force, because he plays by his own rules.’
    • ‘Other cops are actually working with him for once, instead of branding him as a maverick "cowboy" playing by his own rules.’