bend back


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bend back

1. (of a person) To lean backwards. I bent back to catch my dog before he sprinted past me through the open door. I bent back to pick up all the socks I'd dropped on my way down the hall.
2. (of a thing) To push backwards. A noun can be used between "bend" and "back" or after "back." If you bend those curtains back, this room will get a lot more sunlight. Bend back the corner of the page to mark your place in the book.
See also: back, bend

bend someone or something back

to curve or arch someone or something backward. We bent the child back a little so we could examine the spider bite. Ouch! Don't bend back my hand! Bend the branch back so we can get a better view.
See also: back, bend

bend back

to lean or bend backwards. He bent back to pick up the book, and he fell. When she bent back, she ripped something.
See also: back, bend
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Trim, crimp and bend back the tip of the strand to allow bits of vegetation to slide off the guard.
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Bend back against your chair and expand your chest, with your arms hanging down.
He reaches around his worktable to touch Jesus on the shoulder, to bend back the boy's fingers just a little to better view the injured hand.
The dancer lifts her head up and over to lead the bend back. The arch is mostly in the tipper back as the chest opens.
Place both hands on lower back and bend back gently.
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When complete, make sure to go over the entire holder and bend back any wires that may be sticking out.
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Both men float upside down while looking directly at the viewer, even as their heads bend back to imply, paradoxically, that their eyes are turned upward toward the sky.
The retractable roof on centre court was opened, and the heavy winds were strong enough to bend back court-side umbrellas and make almost every point an adventure.