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English definition of “bend the law/rules”

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.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
(Definition of bend the law/rules from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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