stretch the rules


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?

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In special cases the manager will stretch the rules.

Main Entry: rule

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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