Meaning of “bend the law/rules” in the English Dictionary

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"bend the law/rules" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “bend the law/rules” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)