bend the rules

bend the rules

To do something that is usually prohibited. You're not supposed to have sweets when you get home from school, but I guess we can bend the rules a little.
See also: bend, rule

bend the rules

COMMON If you bend the rules, you do something which is not allowed, either to help someone else or for your own advantage. The river authorities said they were willing to bend the rules for us and allowed us to go ahead. The rules are often bent to ensure a good show. Note: You can also say that you stretch the rules. He accused the company of stretching the sport's rules to the limit.
See also: bend, rule

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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ONCE again First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has proved to the Scottish people that come hell or high water she is willing to break or bend the rules when it suits her.
be be "Those who habitually think they can bend the rules and take chances will know that in Scotland there's a high chance they will be caught.
Set in a town in Missouri, where young Susan has just relocated from the more liberal New York, this story traces the journey of one girl's efforts to bend the rules of segregation so her new friend, Loretta, can be included in the fun at the pool, at school, and even in each other's homes.
If he had not been so arrogant that he felt he could bend the rules and use the wrong exit then none of this would have happened.
The case drew international attention when the child's family pleaded with the US government to bend the rules and allow her to be put on the list for an adult lung transplant.
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We all like to think we do the right thing and play by the rules, but then in the real world we bend the rules - and if a club feel they really need to sign someone who's wanted by other teams, they'll push the boat out.
Thus, we not only bend the rules, but we also consider ourselves justified in doing so, while at the same time maintaining a belief in moral absolutes.
This case has led to fears parents all over the country could be monitored by councils cracking down on those who bend the rules to get their children into a good school.
As for smokers trying to bend the rules, I very much doubt it.
Not only would you put your friend at risk of getting in trouble by helping her bend the rules, but you'd put yourself through a long, painful evening.
While this trend gives us more healthy and affordable options at the grocery store, it also has given rise to a number of dairies willing to bend the rules for a share of the profit.
I haven't said anything, because this is supposed to be a noncompetitive league and if a coach wants to bend the rules so far that they actually break to win a game, then that's the other coach's problem.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw has come out fighting against the latest insinuations that he and his All Blacks side bend the rules of the game.
But West Virginia law requires drivers to show a valid birth certificate to receive a licence and authorities will not bend the rules for the him