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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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That bending the rules is seen as nothing to be ashamed of doesn't sit right with me.
Duterte also warned his secretaries against 'changing and bending the rules of government contracts, transactions and projects already approved and awaiting implementation.
Dispatches investigates how some teachers and pupils are coping with the pressure by bending the rules and sometimes cheating the system.
Once an example has been set with a stiff fine, offenders will think twice before bending the rules.
But is bending the rules something done only when convenient or for other people?
In this first instalment, he and Gary (Brent Sexton) use rough methods to interrogate a suspected kidnapper in the back of a car, and throughout a series of flashbacks it soon becomes apparent the duo have a long history of bending the rules.
So it's easy to see how some employers might risk bending the rules.
All these go to show that there are schools which do not mind bending the rules at the cost of the students.
There isn't any room for bending the rules in any sport and when it does occur you have to give a ban out.
Bending the Rules aptly highlights the gap between principles and praxis.
As is often the case, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) won this competition by bending the rules, with their proposal to place the museum around the periphery of the existing structure, behind the structure's concrete walls.
Emma (above) becomes convinced a man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder was only trying to protect his daughters from a knifewielding intruder, and annoys Sergeant Stone by bending the rules to prove her gut instinct is correct.
He has been around for 25 years, and is still bending the rules to get the bad guys and not looking that tidy while he does it.
The players that have to cheat or have to use illegal moves to get ahead, those are the ones that shouldn't get ahead by bending the rules of the game.
Bending the rules is a very tricky proposition, and it requires a full measure of knowledge and thought before doing so because of the fact that a change in one area will have an effect in another.