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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
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To be fair, Jack was doing his best with limited resources and too few top players so stretching the rules was expedient.
ISPs can hardly be blamed for stretching the rules to the limit to get an edge over their competitors, the fault lies with the regulators and it should not have been implemented without greater consideration of the impact upon consumers and the industry.
is stretching the rules in his handling of funds forfeited from drug dealers.
There are clearly defined pots of money for staffing in the Assembly, and this seems to be stretching the rules to near breaking point.
Mr Rukin added: "HS2 has been justified by including unrealistic benefits, stretching the rules on costs and assuming no competitive response.
HeclaimedNewZealand got away with stretching the rules in Hong Kong.
Given this, it's interesting how many successful real estate players are now aggressively stretching the rules to gain the upper hand.
Some of the players have some problems with Novak Djokovic because he's been stretching the rules.
The champion's tactics were stretching the rules but his infractions were matched by those from Hatton in a fascinating but in many ways ugly clash for the WBC welterweight crown.
You may well find yourself having to lie for someone you work with, but don't go overboard or you will place yourself in the doghouse with a superior who is getting tired of stretching the rules for you.
Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2004: Evidence of Violations of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and Subsequent Resolutions"
The arts provide opportunities for stretching the rules of language.
When Sammy Sosa corked his bat, he was stretching the rules.
The identity of the best player in Scotland outwith the Old Firm is always a good pub discussion, even if including Fernandez right now is stretching the rules.
In the most blatant example of stretching the rules since Jack Charlton managed the Republic of Ireland, one of the guys was from Quebec, that well-known centre of Celtic/Viking life.