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.
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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.
See also: bend, law
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Though the law forbids sex-selective abortions, Indian parents are able to find medics who will bend the law to their advantage.
The rules are clear and we cannot bend the law,' Mr Guyo said.
He must be permitted to leave immediately," the lawyer said, adding that the British government appears to be eager to bend the law instead of following it in the case of his client.
From someone who is very vocal about his willingness to bend the law in the name of peace and order, this statement does not only contradict the President himself, but even his propeople pronouncements.
McDonagh's enviable skill at combining jet-black humour with shocking violence is in evidence in War On Everyone, a fast-paced caper in the company of two New Mexico cops, who gleefully bend the law they have been sworn to protect.
McDonagh's enviable skill at combining jet-black humour with shocking violence is in evidence in War On Everyone, fast-paced caper in the company of two New Mexico cops, who gleefully bend the law they have been sworn to protect.
The question of whether Emil will bend the law to fit his grief is answered with subtlety, logic, and great compassion for the character.
We cannot bend the law just to accommodate [last-minute] voters," Cortes said.
So new that local officials disregard it, sanctimoniously denying the request of a dying woman to transfer her benefits to her same-sex partner--even as they bend the law to collect multiple pensions for themselves.
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.
In fact, his legal mind might even make it easier to break or bend the law.
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.
Police chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte) is powerless to stop the rise of this 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 crush Cohen.