bend the law

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bend the law

To do something that does not break the law but could be considered inappropriate or unfair. A: "Come on, a little bit of speeding is just bending the law." B: "Yeah, I think a police officer would disagree with that." They can't arrest me for just bending the law!
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bend the law

 and bend the rules
Fig. to cheat a little bit without breaking the law. (Jocular.) I didn't break the rules. I just bent the rules a little. Nobody ever got arrested for bending the law.
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bend the law

tv. to cheat a little bit without breaking the law. (Jocular.) I didn’t break the law. I just bent the law a little.
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For him, Marcos was a lawyer who bent the law to his own will, because he needed to reshape a broken society.
The court found that despite knowing Gu was a key suspect in Heywood's murder and having obtained important related evidence, Wang bent the law by choosing a close friend in the police force to take charge of the case.
As the police chief of Chongqing, Wang failed in his duty to investigate a crime and bent the law for selfish ends," the Telegraph quoted Yang Yuquan, a court spokesperson, as saying after proceedings had closed.
Xinhua noted that "he consciously neglected his duty and bent the law for personal gain so that Bogu Kailai [how Gu has been referred to in official news] would not be held legally responsible.
In the first flick, Denzel Washington was a rogue crime fighter who bent the law so much he created a pretzel.
The requisitions before 1979 deliberately bent the law of occupation.
Mr Haw, 56, said: "This is outrageous - they have bent the law like Beckham.
They claim the Home Secretary bent the law and put money before the feelings of rape victims.
In his dissent, Leonen said the ruling, penned by Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, had bent the law on granting bail, as humanitarian consideration was not even a ground for such an exception.
Wang knew that Gu Kailai was under serious suspicion of murdering Heywood, but "consciously neglected his duty and bent the law for personal gain" so Gu would not be held responsible, the report said.
Astronomers said that some "outlaw" black holes in the young universe might have bent the laws of physics in order to grow to a colossal size.