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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Things take a turn when he meets the rogue detective who will be training him, a man who bends the law to serve his own purposes.
It features fabulous performances from TV favourites Hayley Tamaddon - of Emmerdale fame - whose warmth and vitality oozes from Roxie's every move, and John Partridge - EastEnders' Christian Clarke - as Billy, the greedy charmer who bends the law to make his fortune.
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.
He said: "We were told we don't have a legal right to challenge the sentence on these boys - yet the system bends the law for them.
Is there another reality that occasionally breaks into our world and bends the laws of nature?