rule the day

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rule the day

  1. (idiomatic) To set the standard which guides behavior; to control a situation, group, strategy, etc.
    • 1700, John Dryden, "The Secular Masque":
      The world was then so light,
      I scarcely felt the weight;
      Joy ruled the day, and Love the night.
    • 1877, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Theo, ch. 5:
      She was a woman of caprices, and her caprices always ruled the day.
    • 1995 December 18, Derek Pringle, "Cricket: Matthews fingered over his thumbs," Independent (UK) (retrieved 1 Sept 2017):
      [C]ommon sense rules the day. . . . Everything can look suspicious, but only the umpires can tell if the ball's condition has been altered.
    • 2004 January 19, John F. Dickerson, "Confessions Of A White House Insider," Time (retrieved 1 Sept 2017):
      A book about former Treasury chief O'Neill paints a presidency in which ideology and politics rule the day.
    • 2016 January 19, Jane A. Peterson, "At Watch Auctions, Vintage and Prime to Be Most Prized Qualities," New York Times (retrieved 1 Sept 2017):
      “Vintage watch collecting is growing in scale and value in a way we have never seen before. Condition and rarity are ruling the day in driving prices to new levels.”