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
References in classic literature ?
demanded the old man, straightening his bent back with difficulty.
A curly-headed old man with a bit of bast tied round his hair, and his bent back dark with perspiration, came towards the carriage, quickening his steps, and took hold of the mud-guard with his sunburnt hand.
D'Artagnan entered with a bent back and a dull eye: the Gascon had an idea with regard to Planchet.
A squirrel was perched on Dickon's bent back attentively nibbling a nut.
The men wrong who, with bent back and sweating brow, cut the smooth road over which humanity marches forward from generation to generation
She bent back one of the red leaves, and saw a brown neck.
Lord Audley and the unknown knight struck each other fairly upon the helmet; but, while the stranger sat as firm and rigid as ever upon his charger, the Englishman was bent back to his horse's cropper by the weight of the blow, and had galloped half-way down the lists ere he could recover himself.
He took her in his arms and bent back, lifting her a little and giving her a long kiss.
For two streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot.
She bent back and forth like a tree in the wind as she stood there.
Their bent backs, their poor thin bodies and their hopeless, sorrowful faces attesting the weary wretchedness of their existence.
Susan Warrington in particular was conscious of the sweetest sense of sisterhood, as she covered her face with her hands and saw slips of bent backs through the chinks between her fingers.
Right aft two seamen, busy cleaning the steering gear, with the reflected ripples of light running playfully up their bent backs, went on with their work, unaware of me and of the al- most affectionate glance I threw at them in passing toward the companion-way of the cabin.
She had a fantastic picture of them upholding splendid palaces upon their bent backs.
A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found that the plane may have attempted to recover from an "inadvertent manoevure" when the left wing bent back.