bend before (something)
To be pushed by something, usually the wind. As soon as I hung the sheets on the clothesline, they bent before the wind.
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bend before something
to bend under the pressure of moving air. The trees bent before the wind. Our roses bent gracefully before the breeze.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.