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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
References in classic literature ?
My beast had an advantage in his first hold, having sunk his mighty fangs far into the breast of his adversary; but the great arms and paws of the ape, backed by muscles far transcending those of the Martian men I had seen, had locked the throat of my guardian and slowly were choking out his life, and bending back his head and neck upon his body, where I momentarily expected the former to fall limp at the end of a broken neck.
And it is like bending back a stiff spring: it is by compulsion that I do the slightest act not prompted by one thought; and by compulsion that I notice anything alive or dead, which is not associated with one universal idea.
And don't forget to put the thimble in place on the loop formed by bending back the cable.
Such bending back and forth means that spore-coated sheets can act as actuators that drive movement, which can be used for electricity.
Raider got into farm building under construction and then into barn by bending back and damaging corrugated iron surround, and stole power tools and 5x10 foot Ifor Williams trailer with a cut-down tailgate.
Police believe the thefts are linked as they are all similar in style, with the thieves bending back the doors of vehicles to break inside and steal items left on show.
Bending back the rinds, dislodge some seeds from the membranes.
Pictures published by the student ISNA agency showed the students crowded round the main gate and bending back its iron railings to allow others through.
Smashing a window or bending back a door are the most common ways of getting their hands on the goods.
Made by Puma, the gloves are designed to stop a keeper's fingers bending back under pressure.
F) Do not allow the feet to roll when bending back.
On the same day, David Cleary, a Briton living in Oslo, was sentenced to 28 days by magistrates in Harlow, Essex, after bending back the fingers of an air stewardess who tried to take his beer away.
Make sure the entire length of the shingle is loose before bending back any tabs.
By twisting, coiling, and bending back on themselves, these colonies of bacteria create fibrous webs, eventually weaving themselves into what Mendelson calls "macrofibers" -- strands that look like Lilliputian ropes.