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English definition of “bend/stretch the rules”

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bend/stretch the rules

to allow someone to do something that is not usually allowed: We don't usually let students take books home, but I'll bend the rules on this occasion.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviourAllowing and permitting
(Definition of bend/stretch the rules from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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