bend the law

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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.
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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.
Recent official moves recall the inglorious past when the strongman thought nothing of bending the law to suit his agenda or defanging Congress to silence contrary views.
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.
But treating the inadequacy of existing law by bending the law to one's purposes is a shallow victory.
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'.
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.
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.
A flexible Mongolian legal student who'll have no trouble bending the law when she graduates.
In the central role, Kim Yun-jin is just OK, never really gaining the viewer's empathy for a complex character who's clearly used to bending the law for her own career.
They are politicians intent on bending the law to their own purposes and denying women the right to choose regardless of the consequences.