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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 or pronoun can be used between "bend" and "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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
to lean or bend backwards. He bent back to pick up the book, and he fell. When she bent back, she ripped something.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.