bend a rule

Definition of bend a rule

:to not be strict or exact about following a rule
  • She's not really quite old enough to be admitted as a member, but she's very close, so I think we can bend the rule(s) a little in her case and let her in now.

Word by Word Definitions

bend play
  1. : to constrain or strain to tension by curving

  2. : to turn or force from straight or even to curved or angular

  3. : to force from a proper shape

  1. : the act or process of bending : the state of being bent

  2. : something that is bent: such as

  3. : a curved part of a path (as of a stream or road)

  1. : a diagonal band that runs from the dexter chief (see 3chief 1) to the sinister base (see 1base 4) on a heraldic shield — compare bend sinister

  2. : a knot by which one rope is fastened to another or to some object

rule play
  1. : a prescribed guide for conduct or action

  2. : the laws or regulations prescribed by the founder of a religious order for observance by its members

  3. : an accepted procedure, custom, or habit

  1. : to exert control, direction, or influence on

  2. : to exercise control over especially by curbing or restraining

  3. : to exercise authority or power over often harshly or arbitrarily


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