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1‘you should follow any health and safety rules which apply to your workplace’
regulation, ruling, directive, order, court order, act, law, by-law, statute, edict, canon, ordinance, pronouncement, mandate, command, dictate, dictum, decree, fiat, proclamation, injunction, commandment, prescription, stipulation, requirement, precept, guideline, direction
2‘the general rule is that problems are referred upwards through the organization’
procedure, practice, protocol, convention, standard, norm, form, routine, custom, habit, wont
3‘moderation in all things—that's the golden rule’
precept, principle, standard, axiom, truth, truism, maxim, aphorism
4‘Punjab came under British rule in 1849’
control, jurisdiction, command, power, sway, dominion, government, administration, sovereignty, leadership, ascendancy, supremacy, authority, direction, mastery, hegemony, regime, influence
1‘El Salvador was ruled by Spain until 1821’
govern, preside over, control, have control of, be in control of, lead, be the leader of, dominate, run, head, direct, administer, manage, regulate
2‘Mary ruled for only six years’
be in power, be in control, hold sway, be in authority, be in command, be in charge, govern, be at the helm
reign, sit on the throne, wear the crown, wield the sceptre, be monarch, be sovereign
3‘a High Court judge ruled that the children should be sent back to their father’
decree, order, direct, pronounce, make a judgement, judge, adjudge, adjudicate, lay down, ordain
decide, find, determine, resolve, settle, establish, hold
4‘up in the shanty towns, subversion ruled’
prevail, obtain, be the order of the day, predominate, hold sway, be supreme
usually, generally, in general, normally, ordinarily, customarily, almost always, for the most part, on the whole, by and large, in the main, mainly, mostly, more often than not, commonly, typically, on average, in most cases
exclude, eliminate, reject, dismiss, disregard
preclude, prohibit, prevent, obviate, disallow
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