stretch the rules


stretch the rules
bend/stretch the rules to do something or to allow someone to do something which is not usually allowed.

We don't usually let students take books away, but I'm willing to bend the rules on this occasion.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • stretch the rules — bend/stretch the rules ► to allow the rules to be broken in a way that is not very serious: »Is it acceptable to lie, cheat, or just bend the rules a little in order to succeed in our highly competitive world? »In special cases the manager will… …   Financial and business terms

  • stretch the rules — bend/stretch/the rules phrase to allow something that is not normally allowed I’m not asking anyone to bend the rules, I just want justice to be done. Thesaurus: to allow something that is not usually allowedsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • bend/stretch the rules — ► to allow the rules to be broken in a way that is not very serious: »Is it acceptable to lie, cheat, or just bend the rules a little in order to succeed in our highly competitive world? »In special cases the manager will stretch the rules. Main… …   Financial and business terms

  • bend the rules — bend/stretch the rules ► to allow the rules to be broken in a way that is not very serious: »Is it acceptable to lie, cheat, or just bend the rules a little in order to succeed in our highly competitive world? »In special cases the manager will… …   Financial and business terms

  • bend the rules — bend/stretch the rules to do something or to allow someone to do something which is not usually allowed. We don t usually let students take books away, but I m willing to bend the rules on this occasion …   New idioms dictionary

  • stretch — stretch1 W3S3 [stretʃ] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(make something bigger/looser)¦ 2¦(body)¦ 3¦(reach)¦ 4¦(make something tight)¦ 5¦(time/series)¦ 6¦(in space)¦ 7 stretch your legs 8 stretch (somebody s) patience/credulity 9¦(rule/limit)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stretch — stretch1 [ stretʃ ] verb *** ▸ 1 make longer/wider ▸ 2 make smooth/tight ▸ 3 make body part straight ▸ 4 continue in space/time ▸ 5 be/have enough money ▸ 6 use money/supplies ▸ 7 not be reasonable ▸ 8 make someone use ability ▸ 9 make seem… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stretch — I UK [stretʃ] / US verb Word forms stretch : present tense I/you/we/they stretch he/she/it stretches present participle stretching past tense stretched past participle stretched *** 1) [transitive] to pull something to make it longer or wider I… …   English dictionary

  • stretch — 1 verb 1 MAKE STH BIGGER/LOOSER a) (I, T) to make something bigger or looser by pulling it, or to become bigger or looser as a result of being pulled: My big, blue sweater has stretched completely out of shape. b) (intransitive not in… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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