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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.
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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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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.
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?
So how can anyone say UEFA has bent the rules in favour of the Reds?
In exchange for big-money investments, Spitzer said, several mutual funds bent the rules applied to most investors and allowed Canary to make after-hours trades and short-term ``in and out'' deals.
But, in a pervading culture among the Prince's staff of accepting gifts and hospitality, Mr Fawcett bent the rules, the report said.
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.
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.
n Mr Fawcett, the prince's personal assistant, bent the rules but was ``not guilty'' of financial impropriety.
How they did it, how much personal fame and riches they received and how much they bent the rules are questions many of these people cannot answer forthrightly under an ever-increasing scrutiny.
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.