Definition of the rules of the game in English:

the rules of the game

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  • A set of conventions or principles governing behaviour in a particular sphere.

    ‘the economic crisis changed the rules of the game’
    • ‘Forward-thinking start-ups materialize and change the rules of the game almost overnight.’
    • ‘They determined that they now must change the rules of the game through electoral reform.’
    • ‘I think he would have regarded any such appeal by a philosopher in a philosophical work as a breach of the rules of the game.’
    • ‘We have always observed the rules of the game between senior and junior ranks.’
    • ‘The new government simply believes globalisation is an irresistible force that cannot be beaten, so the best it can do is play by the rules of the game.’