break every rule in the book
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British pronunciation/bɹˈeɪk ˈɛvɹɪ ɹˈuːl ɪnðə bˈʊk/
American pronunciation/bɹˈeɪk ˈɛvɹi ɹˈuːl ɪnðə bˈʊk/
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to behave in a manner that is in contrast to the standards of a particular place

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to [break] every rule in the book definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "break every rule in the book" and when to use it?

The idiom "break every rule in the book" draws on the concept of rulebooks or rule sets that govern various domains of human activity, such as law, sports, or social conventions. This phrase is commonly used in discussions about unconventional behavior, acts of defiance, or situations where someone goes against societal norms or expectations.

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They will break every rule in the book to achieve their goals, undeterred by conventions.
The rebellious teenager decided to break every rule in the book and stay out past curfew, skip school, and engage in risky behaviors.
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