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rule of the road

noun, Nautical
1.
any of the regulations concerning the safe handling of vessels under way with respect to one another, imposed by a government on ships in its own waters or upon its own ships on the high seas.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • We talk things over and the rule of the road is that writers don't set out on stories they have no interest in.

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