Is there an idiom that means "I am compliant with the law/regulations"? I can only think of "I am on the safe side", but it's too general, I am wondering if there's an idiom that's more specific to law and regulations in general.

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You could call someone by the book, meaning they follow procedure, or the rules. Goody two-shoes could be used to describe a person who conforms to the rules, but it has a negative connotation. You wouldn't want to be called a goody two-shoes.


There is an actual adjective for exactly that.

You are law-abiding.

: abiding by or obedient to the law
// law-abiding citizens

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