bend the law

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bend the law

To do something that does not technically 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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In a previous interview about the incident, Osmena said he 'bends the law a little bit for poor people because of mercy.'
Unfortunately, Tierney won't rest until he has found Erin, and against the advice of his superiors, he bends the law to search for clues to her whereabouts.
Is there another reality that occasionally breaks into our world and bends the laws of nature?
If you don't believe that Star Trek bends the laws of physics, says Coyle, who has shown Trek clips in his physics classes, just look at the way the Enterprise moves.