stretch the rules

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stretch the rules

To allow something to be done which is technically against the rules or not normally accepted. It's galling to know that the management team, who are so strict with the lower-level employees, all stretch the rules to give themselves more vacation time and bigger bonuses. You're normally not allowed to take an exam if you arrive late, but because of the student's excuse, his teacher stretched the rules for him.
See also: rule, stretch

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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But the House General Investigating Committee isn't through with this case, and it's clear that, at the very least, this stretched the rules in a way that has never been allowed.
Others appear to have stretched the rules determining the designation of their second home to the limits of credulity.
And even if there is no hard evidence to suggest that Ferguson stretched the rules in his lengthy courtship of such targets, we have Jaap Stam's written testimony that he was tapped up while he was still a contracted employee of PSV Eindhoven - an autobiography indiscretion that signalled the Dutch defender's premature departure to pastures new.
But SNP chief executive Mike Russell said: "Donald Dewar has already stretched the rules beyond breaking point by making inward investment announcements after the election campaign had begun.
But a federal appellate court reversed the conviction in 1996, deciding that the SEC overreached its statutory authority when drafting insider trading rules, and that federal prosecutors stretched the rules when prosecuting O'Hagan.
You'd think they could have stretched the rules and fed us as well.
Asked about allegations that the Newcastle hitman sometimes stretched the rules, he grinned: "What rules?