bend the rules

bend the rules

To do something that is usually prohibited. You're not supposed to have sweets when you get home from school, but I guess we can bend the rules a little.
See also: bend, rule

bend the rules

COMMON If you bend the rules, you do something which is not allowed, either to help someone else or for your own advantage. The river authorities said they were willing to bend the rules for us and allowed us to go ahead. The rules are often bent to ensure a good show. Note: You can also say that you stretch the rules. He accused the company of stretching the sport's rules to the limit.
See also: bend, rule

bend/stretch the ˈrules

allow somebody to break the rules to some extent because you think there is a good reason: We don’t normally employ people over 50, but in your case we’re prepared to bend the rules a little.
See also: bend, rule, stretch
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And that is the problem with a rules-based mentality: Someone always will try to bend the rules and find the loopholes.
This sends out all the wrong signals - both to those who placed their trust in a senior policeman and to others who might be tempted to bend the rules themselves.
We bend the rules of physics, defy the laws of gravity and tap into the alter ego of the player to create an adrenaline-boosting, super-heroic game experience
Afraid some free-kick specialist might bend it like Beckham, the IFK Gothenburg keeper decided to bend the rules by actually moving the goalposts.
Sally (Ali Bastian, above) is caught up in a nightclub brawl and when she's offered aid by an undercover cop, she ends up in a situation that may force her to bend the rules.
A I'M sure the company could bend the rules for such an exceptional case.
Argentinians don't cheat - they just bend the rules.
When you get older and in a position of authority, you can bend the rules.
A more public-spirited willingness to bend the rules may even increase the sales of Lottery tickets, and subsequently their profits.
If you're mature and reasonable about your approach, Mom might bend the rules this time.
HE'S been stupid, but he has not been taking a performanceenhancing drug to bend the rules.
I have been approached only three times to bend the rules, all prior to the new photocard licence being introduced.
THE SPL is bracing itself for a promotion row after a call from St Mirren to bend the rules.
Or perhaps she thinks that ``banned for life'' means ``but we'll bend the rules if you come clean 14 years later.
WE know celebrities sometimes bend the rules - but if you're Paul McCartney you can get away with any thing.