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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The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has accused INEC of a purported plot to bend the rules to smuggle in candidates from the Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which the PDP noted failed to conclude its primaries on Sunday, the last day for completion of processes for the emergence of candidates for all elective offices ahead of the general elections.
But anyone seeking to use or bend the rules of civic authority in the face of a hostile establishment will see from this story that the powers-that-be can usually just bend the rules their own way.
But it also seems we have a Government who change or bend the rules to suit or fit whichever situation that they find themselves in at any given time.
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.
But we must do it in ways that at least give a reasonable promise of a bright future." He said that more financially stable countries like France and Germany had to accept the fact that their own bending of eurozone budget rules a decade ago gave other countries the wiggle room to bend the rules themselves, leading to the current debt crisis.
"As a coach our job is to bend the rules. You can certainly bend them here.
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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.
Given that some will always want to bend the rules too far, the author raises the question about how to apply the brake.
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.