bend the law

(redirected from bending 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!
See also: bend, law

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
References in periodicals archive ?
In scenes in which Frank and Maney reminisce about their past adventures -- including some where the notion of bending the law comes closer to breaking it -- the issue of ethics in law enforcement is brought to the fore.
And, worst, bending the law and its spirit into their very own small-minded mold.
Such sponsorship from the political elite is like a hall-pass in bending the law to suit personal agendas.
Ex-cop Hodges decides to launch his own personal crusade to bring the psycho to justice before he can strike again - and he's not averse to bending the law to do it.
Reality is different, irresponsible employers bending the law, Bahraini professionals unemployed, even migrating elsewhere for better opportunities, stark differences in earnings between professional Bahraini and equivalent expatriate workforce, and disproportional and unprofessional expatriate influx.
Egyptians, who have always been proud of bending the law (even in cases where there is no need to do so), who deliberately lead chaotic lives, and who are known for their fondness of illegal shortcuts, often look for a strict leader capable of organising and disciplining them -- a big brother who, in order to improve their lives, will punish them when they make mistakes.
He added some officials abused power, failed to fulfil duties, committing crimes while enforcing the law, and even bending the law for personal gain which seriously damaged the authority of the law.
Bo, a former contender for party leadership, is almost sure to face trial and jail after the party announced his expulsion on Friday and issued a list of allegations: bending the law to hush up a murder, taking bribes and engaging in 'improper sexual relations with multiple women'.
Wang Lijun, 52, got 15 years for "bending the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and bribe-taking".
The former police chief of the sprawling metropolis of Chongqing, where Bo was the top Party official, Wang was tried for defection, bribery, abuse of power and bending the law for selfish ends, admitting all the charges.
Xinhua News Agency said the Chengdu City Intermediate People's Court handed down the prison sentence to Wang as punishment "for bending the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and bribe-taking."
revealed on Wednesday that Wang is being charged on (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-09/05/c_131830163.htm) four major issues : "bending the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and bribe-taking." Wang is being prosecuted by the Chengdu City People's Procuratorate (procuratorates in China are responsible for criminal investigation and prosecution), and his case will be heard before the Intermediate People's Court of Chengdu.
The sacked policemen are accused of "bending the law to show favouritism" by shielding Gu from an inquiry into Neil Heywood's death.
Most ' mighty builders' anywhere in the world, most of us would say, are given to ruthlessly bending the law at will.
Dr Hussain said bending the law to allow the formation of alliances after the election as per the Supreme Court decision was a bad move now.