bend the rules

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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

to allow something to be done that is not usually allowed We don't usually let students take books home, but I'll bend the rules this time.
See also: bend, rule

bend/stretch the rules

to do something or to allow someone to do something which is not usually allowed We don't usually let students take books away, but I'm willing to bend the rules on this occasion.
See also: bend, rule