Just as a general rule: if you're the side shutting down scientific investigation, then you're the side that's in the wrong.
As a general rule, I have a lot of time for Hayes, who I think is more interested in facts and data than most people on cable TV.
The general rule is: From a single house of Congress you can resist but you cannot impose.
But as a general rule, you should err on the side of marrying early.
I don't really care what makes politicians "tick," as a general rule.
How is the general rule, as distinguished from other rules, deduced from the general principle of social vitality?
A brunette selects a blonde and a blonde a brunette, as a general rule in matrimony.
As a general rule large letters indicate places, whilst smaller ones give the names of persons.
Life is with our people, as a general rule, a thing of little value.
As a general rule, the lowest power that will distinctly show what you desire to see gives the best results.
c.1200, "principle or maxim governing conduct, formula to which conduct must be conformed" from Old French riule, Norman reule "rule, custom, (religious) order" (in Modern French partially re-Latinized as règle), from Vulgar Latin *regula, from Latin regula "straight stick, bar, ruler;" figuratively "a pattern, a model," related to regere "to rule, straighten, guide" (see regal). Replaced Old English wealdan.
Meaning "regulation governing play of a game, etc." is from 1690s. Phrase rule of thumb first attested 1690s. Rule of law "supremacy of impartial and well-defined laws to any individual's power" is from 1883. Meaning "strip used for making straight lines or measuring" is recorded from mid-14c. Typography sense is attested from 1680s.
c.1200, "to control, guide, direct," from Old French riuler "impose rule," from Latin regulare (see regulate). Legal sense "establish by decision" is recorded from early 15c. Meaning "mark with lines" is from 1590s. Meaning "to dominate, prevail" is from 1874. "Rule Brittania," patriotic song, is from 1740. Related: Ruled; ruling.
A usual, customary, or generalized course of action or behavior.
A generalized statement that describes what is true in most or all cases; a standard.
To dominate; to be the most important: Girls rule!