rulenounuk us /ruːl/
rule noun (INSTRUCTION)
- There are exceptions to every rule.
- There's an unwritten rule that you don't wear jeans to work.
- They made an ineffective attempt to get the rules changed.
- Prisoners complain that they are subjected to too many petty rules and restrictions.
- Grammatical rules prescribe how words may be used together.
rule noun (CONTROL)
- Various parts of Africa have suffered under colonial rule.
- The constituency fell to Labour at the last election, after ten years of Conservative rule.
- The president resigned after 30 years of autocratic rule.
- In the end she left home just to escape the tyrannical rule of her mother.
- The people revolted against foreign rule and established their own government.
ruleverbuk us /ruːl/
rule verb (CONTROL)
- balance of power
- have sb by the balls idiom
- have sb eating out of your hand idiom
- have sb in the palm of your hand idiom
- have sth in hand idiom
- pull rank idiom
- pull the strings idiom
rule verb (DECIDE)
- Her confession was ruled inadmissible as evidence because it was given under pressure from the police.
- The judge ruled that the directors had knowingly broken the law.
- The judge ruled her unfit to plead on the grounds of insanity.
- We won't be surprised if the judge rules in her favour.
- The player was ruled off-side and so the goal was disallowed.
rule verb (DRAW)