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bend down

1. Of a person, to lean down or squat. I bent down to get my son's ball out from under the porch. I think I hurt my back when I bent down to pick up those boxes.
2. Of an object, to lean closer to the ground. The way that shed is bending down makes me nervous that it will collapse soon.
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bend down

to curve downward; [for someone] to lean down. Please bend down and pick up the little bits of paper you just dropped. The snow-laden bushes bent down.
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References in classic literature ?
So he walked forward to the tree, but just as he came under the first branches they bent down and twined around him, and the next minute he was raised from the ground and flung headlong among his fellow travelers.
When a big branch bent down to seize him the Woodman chopped at it so fiercely that he cut it in two.
His head was bent down, his bright eyes were fixed upon me, his stumpy hands clenched and held close by his side.
When the first surprise was over, Jehanne de la Tarme bent down to the ear of la Gaultière,--
She bent down and peered keenly up into the eyes of the girl.
The women cried over Cathy, so did even those stern warriors, the Rocky Mountain Rangers; Shekels was there, and the Cid, and Sardanapalus, and Potter, and Mongrel, and Sour-Mash, Famine, and Pestilence, and Cathy kissed them all and wept; details of the several arms of the garrison were present to represent the rest, and say good-bye and God bless you for all the soldiery; and there was a special squad from the Seventh, with the oldest veteran at its head, to speed the Seventh's Child with grand honors and impressive ceremonies; and the veteran had a touching speech by heart, and put up his hand in salute and tried to say it, but his lips trembled and his voice broke, but Cathy bent down from the saddle and kissed him on the mouth and turned his defeat to victory, and a cheer went up.
And a great murmur of wonder went up from the village- folk as the Mayor bent down and fastened it round the dog's neck with his own hands.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
All three appeared on CCTV holding a weapon each in Bates Crescent, with two running ahead while a third bent down to slash the tyres of vehicles before running off.
heads bent down to drink in green and disillusioned grass.
Summary: When the man bent down to dispose of the 'dead' snake, it turned and bit him on the hand.
He dropped one of the sticks and, as he bent down to pick it up, a thief snatched the money from his hand and escaped, police say.
When he bent down to retrieve it, the electric seat's footrest is believed to have clamped down on his head.
In one house I tried a celebrity's dress on, bent down and ripped it!
Fellaini clearly did not feel it was a foul and he bent down to shout at the Argentinian as he lay face down on the floor.