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 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.
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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You can bend them back but I would suggest that it's probably better to just replace the magazine with a new, high quality one.
Stone says the programs are intended to "bend them back to our will."
These waves travel downward into the sun, where changes in density bend them back up toward the surface.