house rule

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house rule ‎(plural house rules)

  1. A rule adopted by a particular establishment.
    • 2000, Charles Staples Magnum, The Legal Status of the Negro.
      A house rule was put into effect which set aside certain hours when the hall was to be used by white patrons only.
    • 2000, Anthony Bailey, America Lost and Found: An English Boy's Wartime Adventure in the New World.
      There were a couple of strict house rules: no playing on the billiard table, which we had damaged twice; and no talking in bed.