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bend the rules

To allow something to be done which is technically against the rules or not normally accepted. It's galling to know that the management team, who are so strict with the lower-level employees, all bend the rules to give themselves more vacation time and bigger bonuses. You're normally not allowed to take an exam if you arrive late, but because of the student's excuse, his teacher bent the rules for him.
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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.
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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.
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BAFTA bent the rules for the show, leading with 14 nods.
One-quarter of employees have knowingly 'bent the rules' when ling expenses claims, according to research by Webexpenses.
Reporting from Moscow, Julia Ioffe makes no attempt to sugarcoat Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the half-Jewish Russian oligarch laid low by two politicized trials, in her profile today in Tablet Magazine: The man undeniably bent the rules, almost certainly broke some laws, and entirely possibly got blood on his hands on his road to becoming his country's richest man in the late 1990s.
Even if the family had bent the rules - they hadn't - would this have been "criminal activity?" If I was a Poole resident I would want to know what this cost - several watchers would be needed, council vehicles must have been used, there would be admin costs.
So how can anyone say UEFA has bent the rules in favour of the Reds?
But, in a pervading culture among the Prince's staff of accepting gifts and hospitality, Mr Fawcett bent the rules, the report said.
Under pressure to keep the good times rolling, Rohr bent the rules. And apparently the questionable practices were approved by PNC's auditor, Ernst & Young, and the company's lawyers.
Immigration consultant Jack Plancey said last night: "Jack Straw bent the rules for Tyson, but he can't bend the rules all the time.
Yesterday, MoD insiders dismissed claims by the European Commission they had bent the rules in order to give Govan and other British yards a chance of winning the pounds 300million roll-on, roll-off ferry order.
I suspect there have always been great dancers who bent the rules of the ideal body type.
n Mr Fawcett, the prince's personal assistant, bent the rules but was ``not guilty'' of financial impropriety.
The trio have set up their own club called the Gliding Nonagenarians to organise regular flights - but have bent the rules to let 84-year-old Nell Skinner become a member.
Anti-rape groups were furious earlier this year when Home Secretary Jack Straw bent the rules to admit the ex-convict for a bout in Manchester.
Senator Clune said: "Many banks bent the rules in order to provide mortgages during the property bubble, "This was especially so in the case of buy-to-let properties whereby people were being given a second or third mortgage when they should not in actuality have qualified for those mortgages."
Amid reports of a potential takeover of Quinn Insurance Limited by Ireland's nationalised Anglo Irish Bank, the group dismissed claims it bent the rules to suit its own interests.