bend the law

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.
See also: bend, law

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.
See also: bend, law
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The defender is a policeman in his day job in Gibraltar but admits he's prepared to bend the law as the minnows bid to pull off one of the heists of the century.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an is a very effective demagogue and through all these means of propaganda, he has convinced millions of his followers and staunch believers that for the sake of politics, one can tell lies, cheat people, bend the law, insult opponents, sling mud at them, resort to cronyism, destroy nature, abuse religion for political purposes and forget morality for personal, familial, communal and political gain.
Kolkata: Bengalis are willing to bend the law when it comes to sourcing hilsa fish, even if it comes at the cost of souring ties with its eastern neighbour, Bangladesh.
They are not the police, so they can bend the law in order to bring criminals to justice.
The Foreign Secretary assured us GCHQ does not use the US program for Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities to bend the law around our safeguards.
Police chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte) is powerless to stop the rise of Cohen's criminal fraternity so he approaches Sergeant John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) to establish a covert team of officers, who are willing not only to bend the law but also to break it in order to restore law and order.
While Israel continues to bend the law to accommodate its settlers, it continues aggressivelypursuing its illegal campaign of house demolitions and expulsions targeting Palestinians in the OccupiedPalestinian Territory, and particularly in Occupied East Jerusalem.
The Judiciary and its officers will not be intimidated to bend the law," Mutunga warned.
This gave him some security from which to see the way the Blair government, dominated as it was by lawyers at every level, proceeded to try to bend the law and ancient legal rights to their own purposes.
Conservative critics of the president have tended to try to paint such nominees as potentially "activist" judges who would try to bend the law in liberal or progressive directions.
A series of accidents on the dreadful Greek roads has adumbrated a bunch of tough, hard-working men who often bend the law at the expense of safety.
A guilty verdict is inevitable, activists believe, as the country has more than 2,000 political prisoners behind bars and courts routinely bend the law to the suit the military junta.
Several groups questioned the Lebanese Center for Human Rights' efforts on behalf of generals who they see as "criminals who bend the law to suit their own purposes.
Against those who presume to bend women's wills to the law, pro-choicers resolve to bend the law to women's wills.
In spite of pressures to negotiate, Gaviria refused to break or bend the law.