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bend the law/rules

to change the rules in a way that is considered to be not important or not harmful: Can't you bend the rules a little? I was only a few minutes late.
Translations of “bend the law/rules”
in Chinese (Traditional) 改變無關重要的規則,變通,通融…
in Chinese (Simplified) 改变无关紧要的规则,变通,通融…
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