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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The Chase races will run on the Hurdle bends back straight and turning in to home straight.
Now, Jiayang Song and Kean Aw of The University of Auckland, New Zealand, have built an energy harvester that consists of a snake-shapes strip of silicone, polydimethylsiloxane, this acts as a flexible cantilever that bends back and forth with body movements.
The speed limit remains at a recKless 50mph through the junction as the road bends bacK just as sharply to the right on the downward approach to Shepley.
We may need to start considering some radical schemes, such as putting bends back into roads.
Our violent entertainments need to tell the whole story, to track the long and tortured history of violence, the way it bends back on its perpetrators, the unfolding carnage it leaves in its spreading wake.
Sometimes, Frances says, the boats simply dump men suffering from the bends back on the dock.
I raise my finger to point in righteous indignation at the culprits,' he writes, `but it bends back upon itself and points directly at me--Mr or Ms Everybusiness-person and Mr or Ms Everycitizen.