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bent cop

A police officer who is corrupt, takes bribes, or abuses the privileges and powers of their position. The gangs are a problem, but it's the bent cops you really have to watch out for. I know a bent cop working down at the station. If we slip him a few hundred dollars, this charge might go away.
See also: bent, cop

bent double

Bent over at the waist. I was bent double for nearly half an hour after he punched me in the stomach.
See also: bent, double

bent on a splice

An older sailing phrase meaning about to or intending to get married. "Bent" in this context means determined or set (on a course of action), and "splice" refers to two ropes that have been joined to create a single, larger one. I can't wait for this voyage to be over, for I'm bent on a splice to my lady as soon as we reach home.
See also: bent, on, splice

get bent

An exclamation of dismissal, anger, annoyance, or exasperation toward someone or in response to what they are saying. A: "I need to borrow $50 for my rent this month." B: "Get bent! You still owe me $100 from last month!" You're such a jerk sometimes, why don't you just get bent!
See also: bent, get

as the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined

One's actions as an adult are dictated by behaviors learned in childhood. I can't believe she still doesn't listen to other people. I guess it's true that as the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.
See also: inclined, tree

be hell-bent on

To be very determined to do something, perhaps annoyingly so. She's hell-bent on coming here for Thanksgiving, so we better clean the guest room. I'm hell-bent on getting an A on this exam, so I've been studying all week.
See also: on

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 before (something)

To be pushed by something, usually the wind. As soon as I hung the sheets on the clothesline, they bent before the wind.
See also: before, bend

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 a thing) To lean closer to the ground. The way that shed is bending down makes me nervous that it will collapse soon.
See also: bend, down

bend (one's/the) elbow

To drink alcohol, perhaps excessively. Come bend your elbow at the bar with us tonight! If you're this hung-over, you must have really bent the elbow at the party last night.
See also: bend, elbow

bend forward

To lean in a forward direction. OK, everyone, now bend forward and touch your toes.
See also: bend, forward

bend in

To lean or arch inward. Ever since the car accident, my passenger-side door has been bent in.
See also: bend

bent out of shape

1. (of a person) Upset or angry. Don't get all bent out of shape—I'm sure she didn't mean to insult you. You should apologize to Phil before he gets bent out of shape.
2. (of an object) Misshapen or misaligned. Ever since the car accident, my passenger-side door has been bent out of shape.
See also: bent, of, out, shape

bend over

To bend at one's waist. OK, everyone, now bend over and touch your toes. I think I hurt my back when I bent over to pick up those boxes.
See also: bend

bend over backwards

1. Literally, to lean backwards. I'm so sore after bending over backwards and doing all those weird stretches at yoga this morning.
2. To exert a lot of effort towards some end. This phrase is often used to express frustration when one's efforts go unrecognized. I have been bending over backwards to make sure that you have a wonderful visit, and you don't even care! The entire staff really needs to bend over backwards while the CEO is visiting our office.
See also: backward, bend

bend the law

To do something that does not break the law but could be considered inappropriate or unfair. A: "Come on, a little bit of speeding is just bending the law." B: "Yeah, I think a police officer would disagree with that." They can't arrest me for just bending the law!
See also: bend, law

bend the rules

To do something that is usually prohibited. You're not supposed to have sweets when you get home from school, but I guess we can bend the rules a little.
See also: bend, rule

bent on (doing something)

Very determined to do something, perhaps aggravatingly so. She's bent on coming here for the weekend, so we better clean the guest room. I'm bent on getting an A on this exam, so I've been studying all week.
See also: bent, on

get bent out of shape

1. (of a person) To become upset or angry. Don't get all bent out of shape—I'm sure she didn't mean to insult you. You should apologize to Phil before he gets bent out of shape.
2. (of an object) To become misshapen or misaligned. My passenger-side door got bent out of shape in the accident.
See also: bent, get, of, out, shape

As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.

Prov. A grown person will act the way he or she was taught to act as a child. Alice's parents thought it was cute when she threw tantrums, and you'll notice that she still throws tantrums now that she's grown up. As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined. Don't encourage your son to be so greedy. As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.
See also: inclined, tree

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

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.
See also: bend, down

bend forward

to lean forward; to curve forward. The tree bent forward in the wind. I bent forward to pick up the pencil.
See also: bend, forward

bend in

to curve or turn inward. The shore bent in about a mile to the west. The side of the shed bent in under the force of the wind.
See also: bend

bend over

[for someone] to bend down at the waist. I bent over and picked up the coin. When he bent over, something ripped.
See also: bend

bend over backwards

(to do something) Go to fall over backwards (to do something).
See also: backward, bend

bend over backwards (to do something) (for someone)

Fig. to work very hard to accomplish something for someone; to go out of one's way (to do something) (for someone). He will bend over backwards to help you. I bent over backwards for you, and you showed no thanks!
See also: backward, 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 the law

 and bend the rules
Fig. to cheat a little bit without breaking the law. (Jocular.) I didn't break the rules. I just bent the rules a little. Nobody ever got arrested for bending the law.
See also: bend, law

bent on doing something

Fig. determined to do something. I believe you are bent on destroying the entire country. I am bent on saving the planet.
See also: bent, on

bent out of shape

 
1. Fig. angry; insulted. Man, there is no reason to get so bent out of shape. I didn't mean any harm. I got bent out of shape because of the way I was treated.
2. intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. I was so bent out of shape I thought I'd never recover. I've been polluted, but never as bent out of shape as this.
See also: bent, of, out, shape

hell-bent for leather

Inf. moving or behaving recklessly; riding a horse fast and recklessly. They took off after the horse thief, riding hell-bent for leather. Here comes the boss. She's not just angry; she's hell-bent for leather.
See also: leather

hell-bent for

(somewhere or something) Fig. riding or drive somewhere very fast or recklessly. Fred sped along, hellbent for home, barely missing another car.

bend over backwards

Also, lean over backwards. Exert oneself to the fullest extent, as in Dad bent over backwards so as not to embarrass Stasia's new boyfriend. This phrase transfers the gymnastic feat of a backbend to taking a great deal of trouble for someone or something. [c. 1920] Also see under fall all over.
See also: backward, bend

bent on

Also, bent upon. Determined, resolved, as in Jamie is bent on winning the math prize. This phrase, first recorded in 1762, always uses the past participle of the verb bend in the sense of "tend toward."
See also: bent, on

bent out of shape

1. Infuriated, annoyed, as in Don't let Paul get you bent out of shape-calm down.
2. Shocked, astonished, as in That conservative audience was bent out of shape by his speech. [Slang; second half of 1900s] Also see in good condition (shape).
See also: bent, of, out, shape

hell-bent for leather

Moving recklessly fast, as in Out the door she went, hell-bent for leather. The use of hell-bent in the sense of "recklessly determined" dates from the first half of the 1800s. Leather alludes to a horse's saddle and to riding on horseback; this colloquial expression may be an American version of the earlier British army jargon hell for leather, first recorded in 1889.
See also: leather

bend over backwards

or

bend over backward

COMMON If you bend over backwards or bend over backward, you try very hard to help or please someone, even though it causes you trouble. We bent over backwards to make them feel welcome and they didn't thank us once. Note: You can also say that someone leans over backwards or leans over backward. You've done your duty — you've leaned over backwards. She has nothing to complain about.
See also: backward, bend

bend the rules

COMMON If you bend the rules, you do something which is not allowed, either to help someone else or for your own advantage. The river authorities said they were willing to bend the rules for us and allowed us to go ahead. The rules are often bent to ensure a good show. Note: You can also say that you stretch the rules. He accused the company of stretching the sport's rules to the limit.
See also: bend, rule

bent out of shape

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone is bent out of shape, they are angry or worried about something. People get bent out of shape if you don't pronounce their names right. The disease is on the rise and everybody's all bent out of shape about it.
See also: bent, of, out, shape

bend the law

tv. to cheat a little bit without breaking the law. (Jocular.) I didn’t break the law. I just bent the law a little.
See also: bend, law

bent

1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I’ve never seen two guys so bent.
2. mod. dishonest; crooked. I’m afraid that Paul is a little bent. He cheats on his taxes.
3. mod. angry. He was so bent there was steam coming out of his ears.

bent out of shape

1. mod. angry; insulted. Man, there is no reason to get so bent out of shape. I didn’t mean any harm.
2. n. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I was so bent out of shape I thought I’d never recover.
See also: bent, of, out, shape

kinky

and bent and twisted
1. mod. having to do with someone or something strange or weird. The guy is so kinky that everyone avoids him.
2. mod. having to do with unconventional sexual acts or people who perform them. She seems to have a morbid interest in kinky stuff.

bent

verb
See kinky

hell-bent for leather

Moving rapidly and with determination. “Hell” in this case strengthens the word “bent,” which means a direct route (although it sounds as though it should mean the opposite). “Leather” refers either to a saddle or to a whip used to urge a horse to move faster, or perhaps items. “Hell for leather” meaning “all deliberate haste” was a popular phrase in itself. Among a number of variants is “hell-bent for election,” said to have originated with the 1840 Maine gubernatorial race and appearing in an 1899 Stephen Crane story: “One puncher racin' his cow-pony hell-bent-for-election down Main Street.” Others are “hell-bent for breakfast,” “for Sunday,” and “for Georgia.”
See also: leather
References in classic literature ?
At this exquisite vision Tip's old comrades stared in wonder for the space of a full minute, and then every head bent low in honest admiration of the lovely Princess Ozma.
But the bent, old woman was no longer an old woman--she had become a straight, wiry, active old man.
A dozen times as the head bent farther and farther toward him the boy loosed his hold upon the mane and reached quickly down to grasp the near fore pastern.
Then he bent down and began gnawing the shaft of the arrow with his teeth.
Twice he bent and kissed her, and each time her lips met his shyly and her body made its happy, nestling movement.
Then he turned and bent over White Fang, standing by his side.
Dorothy bent over, too, and began to arrange her hair, blown by the desert wind into straggling tangles.
Many heads were bent forward with eagerness and sympathy.
With eyes bent upon the ground, then, or only raised enough to prevent his stumbling over such obstacles as lay in his way, the religious man moved slowly forward until he reached a small postern in the wall of the sisters' orchard, through which he passed, closing it behind him.
The four elder sisters cast down their eyes as if abashed by the holy man's reproof, but Alice raised hers, and bent them mildly on the friar.
demanded the old man, straightening his bent back with difficulty.
And again he bent his old head to the work before him.
Like an ox with head bent, submissively he awaited the blow which he felt was lifted over him.
For the first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom, and I did not strive to control them, but allowing myself to be borne away by the stream, I bent my mind towards injury and death.
It was an edifying spectacle, the young man in his easy chair taking his coffee, and the old man with his grey head bent, standing awaiting his pleasure.