Main definitions of bend in English

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verb

  • 1with object Shape or force (something straight) into a curve or angle.

    ‘the wire has to be bent back tightly’
    • ‘This material is light, wears well and springs back to shape after being bent.’
    • ‘Encourage the stem that will form the new plant to grow straight by gently bending it into an upright position and attaching it to a cane.’
    • ‘Rather than initially bending the bow piece to its final semicircular shape, it is bent initially to a shape that is the long half of an ellipse.’
    • ‘His legs were crossed in gentleman's fashion and he continually crinkled the paper, bending it in all shapes possible.’
    • ‘Today's accelerators use quadrupole magnets to bend the flight paths of relativistic electrons towards a converging point.’
    • ‘When he arrived, he found Lona using a plasma smelter on the alorium plate, bending it into new shapes for reinforcing her armor.’
    • ‘I spent nearly an hour trying to true it using the pads in the caliper as a guide and my fingers to bend it back into shape.’
    • ‘This model, which was eight months in the design and making, is made from a single piece of steel that is bent to make the shape of the chair.’
    • ‘Shapes were created by bending the hammered bars around angles on the anvil.’
    • ‘I then slip his glasses off before he bends them out of shape like he has before.’
    • ‘The two ends are bent into a U shape with one end being South and the other North.’
    • ‘Being the genius that I am, I decided that I would try and bend them back into shape, only to snap the arm completely off.’
    • ‘The results from the Africa expedition provided the first confirmation of Einstein's theory that gravity will bend the path of light when it passes near a massive star.’
    • ‘I used some of my tools to cut the metal up into the right shapes, bent it around the frame of the fighter, and used a welding laser to melt it together.’
    • ‘The sheet is enlivened, as a field is when the wind bends grass all in one direction.’
    • ‘The force of the winds bent their wings, sending them crashing to the ground below.’
    • ‘By contrast, steaming and bending the same straight grained piece of wood to the desired shape will result in a much stronger part.’
    • ‘Fiberglass is relatively brittle but can be bent around large-diameter curves.’
    • ‘The spoon had been bent into such a shape that would provide louder clanging, and the pot was misshapen, being dented in many places.’
    • ‘A New Caledonian crow in captivity learned how to bend a piece of straight wire into a hook to probe for food.’
    curve, crook, make crooked, make curved, flex, angle, hook, bow, arc, arch, buckle, warp, contort, distort, deform
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    1. 1.1no object (of something straight) be shaped or forced into a curve or angle.
      ‘poppies bending in the wind’
      • ‘Post-cyclonic palm trees on either side of the motorway were bent like hunchbacks.’
      • ‘There's nothing better than a wicked summer storm, when it gets night-time dark at 1 in the afternoon and the trees bend in the wind.’
      • ‘Right children now I want you to pretend you're a tree bending in the wind.’
      • ‘It is shaped like a Greek cross with its arms bent at right angles.’
      • ‘A hull plate that has bent into a large curve marks the halfway-back point on the starboard side of the wreck.’
      • ‘The empty air in front of Daney shimmered slightly and seemed to bend, curve, to allow a human form to take shape.’
      • ‘And if light paths are not straight but bent, then space is not flat but curved.’
      • ‘Make sure they are not bent or out of shape, as this will certainly cause reliability and functioning problems.’
      • ‘The trees on both sides of the highway are bent and fallen, all pointing straight east as if in accusation.’
      • ‘Weights were then progressively added to the weighing boat which caused the petiole to bend, curving upwards.’
      • ‘Now was time to use my new toy, the strip heater, since I needed a nice straight line bent at a sharp angle.’
      • ‘A gun is a black object made of plastic and bent at a right angle.’
      • ‘They, in turn, caused the trees to bend over the river and form a bridge to a land of peace and safety.’
      • ‘One of his gossamer wings had been snapped off and the other was bent at a sharp angle, the many broken nerves causing it to twitch feebly.’
      • ‘Quinn had nice writing, it all flowed down almost like cuts yet it managed to curve and bend to create a graffiti style image.’
      • ‘It's raining now; I see the leaves on the vines that cover the window bending in the wind.’
      • ‘Do not use the needle if the tip is bent, curved or you can see spurs.’
      • ‘Huge cracks blemished the skis, the bindings were grotesquely twisted, and the poles bent at right angles.’
      • ‘Even the palm trees bend at a picture-postcard angle.’
      • ‘The trees bent and curved up around them on both sides, forming a natural cathedral.’
    2. 1.2no object, usually with adverbial of direction (of a road, river, or path) deviate from a straight line in a specified direction.
      ‘the road bent left and then right’
      • ‘This time, though, we walked in the other direction, and sat on a bench where the river bends dramatically, before finding its way to the Lock.’
      • ‘At the end of the straight section, the road bends to the right and appears to go down slightly.’
      • ‘The road bends as it crosses the bridge, and residents say a high hedge makes visibility particularly poor.’
      • ‘The river bends inwards away from here, and they could have lit a fire and camped with their tents against the cliffs for protection against the winds.’
      • ‘Another descent path is reached on the left which bends down to the old road.’
      • ‘Taking the back road to the golf club, you can imagine him sweeping round that bend into the tiny road.’
      • ‘Soon the track bends to the right as you pass open moorland.’
      • ‘If my memory is accurate, we will follow this river as it bends around a corner, and continue along it until it leads to the high meadow where we established our Base Camp.’
      • ‘Thousands of roads twisted, bent, paralleled, and crossed for miles.’
      • ‘The road bends sharply to the left and crosses a bridge.’
      • ‘I have to turn the steering wheel fast as we are moving so quickly I cant make out how the road will bend next.’
      • ‘The path joins a clear track after a while, which you follow for a short distance then where this track bends away to the left continue straight on alongside the perimeter fence.’
      • ‘Follow the road as it bends round to the right then where the road bends to the left take the footpath straight on.’
      • ‘There is where the road bends upward and where some domestic goats once got loose and established a wild herd on a rocky ledge.’
      • ‘At the covered shelter, which gives the impression that the forest floor is growing above your head, the path bends to the left.’
      • ‘The track bends sharp left over a stream and at this point leave it via the stile facing you on the far side of the bend.’
      • ‘Follow this road heading out of the village, over a bridge across the Leeds and Liverpool Canal then follow the road bending round to the right.’
      • ‘But then the path would bend, and there it would be again, closer.’
      • ‘Every scene looks as though it is a beautiful painting of a clean and fresh outdoor scene - the river bends at just the right spot, the sun glints off of the water at just the right angle.’
      • ‘The track bends round to a junction with a yellow waymarker on the left.’
      turn, curve, incline, swing, veer, swerve, deviate, diverge, fork, change course
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  • 2no object (of a person) incline the body downwards from the vertical.

    ‘she bent down and yanked out the flex’
    ‘I bent over my plate’
    • ‘Dave bent down and pushed aside a few scattered newspapers, plucking out a pile of maps that were still on the fallen display case.’
    • ‘Not letting her daughter say another word, the Queen bent down over the little girl and gracefully yet sternly took the stone from her hands.’
    • ‘Anna bent down and picked him up tucking him under her left arm.’
    • ‘She had bent down to help a little black boy tie his shoes.’
    • ‘Jessie bent down a bit to look at what appeared to be flowers.’
    • ‘Roger bent down next to a young blonde girl's body and checked her pulse.’
    • ‘Scott bent down over the bed and kissed his grandfather's forehead.’
    • ‘Billy bent over and threw the whiskey to the men in the canoes.’
    • ‘As we watched, the young man bent down and introduced himself.’
    • ‘With a laugh and a burst of affection, Brian bent down to kiss her.’
    • ‘And then, before I knew it, he had bent down and softly kissed my lips.’
    • ‘Her parents bent down and kissed her goodnight then did the same to their other five daughters.’
    • ‘When he came to, he was lying partially undressed on a bed while the staff member bent over him.’
    • ‘Heaving a sigh, Josh bent over her still laughing body and kissed her on the forehead.’
    • ‘Michael bent down, kissed Alice on the cheek, turned to Alex and gave her a peck on the cheek.’
    • ‘Jenny bent down to grind out her cigarette stub in the lank grass and then tossed it with a stone-skipping twist of her white wrist into the tangled shrubbery.’
    • ‘Emily bent down and slid the piece of paper under the door.’
    • ‘Sara bent over her friend, her face twisted by grief and rage.’
    • ‘Evelyn bent down in front of him and sighed, ‘You really should know when to stop.’’
    • ‘Jason bent over and kissed her on the temple of her forehead.’
    stoop, bow, crouch, squat, kneel, hunch
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    1. 2.1with object Move (a jointed part of the body) to an angled position.
      ‘extend your left leg and bend your right’
      • ‘Stand up straight, bend your left knee, and lean forward until you can touch the floor with both hands.’
      • ‘Standing with your back against a wall, feet stance-width apart and a foot from the wall, lower yourself toward a sitting position by bending your knees.’
      • ‘It's that love that keeps the dancer working to bend the body toward perfection and at the same time recognizing the impossibility of achieving it.’
      • ‘Reinforce the action by bending the upper body forward with your left arm.’
      • ‘Exasperated, Ted bent his upper body onto the table so that he was at eye level with Jacob.’
      • ‘She positioned her hand and bent her wrist slightly, aiming her fingers down.’
      • ‘I am unable to sit, hold anything firmly or bend my hands and legs, body.’
      • ‘She bent her body and laid herself on her side above Archie's paper.’
      • ‘Bounce on both legs, straighten your knees, twist and bend your upper body forward, and pull straight down with both hands.’
      • ‘Pressing your weight through that foot to lift your body, bend your left leg and bring it forward next to your right leg.’
      • ‘He gave a shuddering sigh, and bent his body into a fetal position.’
      • ‘Keep the shoulders in a steady, stable position and don't allow them to move as you bend your elbows.’
      • ‘I placed my hands on my hips and started bending my knees, moving down.’
      • ‘He just stood there for a while, and then bent his massive body over to get the bill when he thought no one was looking.’
      • ‘He bent his body, so he could put his hands into the water.’
      • ‘I tried to appear more casual and passive, shifting my body weight to one leg and bending my opposite leg at the knee a bit.’
      • ‘Remember to keep your abs tight, hold your low back in a slight arch and bend your body from the hips.’
      • ‘With your upper arms locked in position, bend your elbows to bring the bar toward your forehead.’
      • ‘I didn't exactly sit up, but more bent my body in half and slumped against the wall.’
      • ‘I took my position once again, bending my knees low, bringing my arms up, keeping my hands steady, and shot the ball.’
  • 3Force or be forced to submit.

    with object ‘they want to bend me to their will’
    no object ‘a refusal to bend to mob rule’
    • ‘You think that since you have money and power you can force others to bend to your will.’
    • ‘And by tradition, the chief may often be compelled to bend to such wishes.’
    • ‘The Chancellor promised to listen but, crucially, not to bend to such protests.’
    • ‘Each of the smaller stories is as interesting as the main story, especially the one focused on Erik and his refusal to bend to the will of the Danish overseers.’
    • ‘If he was not prepared to bend to his wife's wishes on this, will he acquiesce to any pleas for extra cash in the future?’
    • ‘The company has refused to bend to their pay demands stressing the ‘fair’ offer they believe they have made.’
    • ‘If anything, his critics claim he has been far too willing to bend to the will of Westminster.’
    • ‘Would they bend to her willful forces and persuasion?’
    • ‘An effective law reflects the will of the society; society does not, outside of a police state, easily bend to the will of the law.’
    • ‘Beneath the rhetoric is the obvious: they simply want the American university to bend to their agenda.’
    • ‘The band are waiting to see if their original indie label will bend to their wishes and release the single next year.’
    • ‘Roxanne tells him that he is now her servant, and must bend to her will.’
    • ‘I also wouldn't kidnap her against her will and force her to bend to my will.’
    • ‘In social circles, we joke about being Aesthetes of Style, but realize that we have to bend to client's wishes to survive in the marketplace.’
    • ‘It may make the people outside who organized the boycotts very happy because they made a few corporations bend to their wills and therefore show that they have power and influence.’
    • ‘Her beauty, intelligence, and talent made her well-respected in her tribe, and made her father likely to bend to her will.’
    • ‘He can force ministers and virtually anyone to bend to his will, and if they are recalcitrant he could call their bluff and take the case to the people.’
    • ‘What is to stop him from forcing us all to bend to his might?’
    • ‘The moral, social, political, and legal order must bend to the individual definition of truth, no matter how willful or arbitrary.’
    • ‘He isn't happy about being forced to bend to my will, but he seems to enjoy the juice anyway.’
    mould, shape, manipulate, direct, force, press, influence, incline, sway, bias, warp, impress, compel, persuade
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    1. 3.1with object Interpret or modify (a rule) to suit someone.
      ‘we cannot bend the rules, even for Darren’
      • ‘They're under the impression that throwing more money at the problem, and trying to bend the laws to suit their needs, will keep them afloat.’
      • ‘Indeed, the tabloid press last week bent the rules still further.’
      • ‘In his eyes, he did not fail; he was conspired against and was therefore entitled to compensate for his disadvantage by bending the rules.’
      • ‘Playing the game fairly means not bending the rules because you feel sorry for someone or cheating because you think your opponent doesn't deserve to win.’
      • ‘Crimes such as taking something from the office or asking a friend to bend the rules might involve only minor damage, but set up a vicious cycle.’
      • ‘One corporate detective says most of the big firms stay well within the law but there are a host of smaller one-man bands who will bend the rules.’
      • ‘If rules are set then follow them, places that have designated smoking areas are already one step closer to a complete ban and by bending the rules you are not helping yourself or fellow smokers.’
      • ‘That makes bending the rules attractive to many farmers, who are expected to wear most of the costs of conservation on their own.’
      • ‘But though the evidence now is all but conclusive, one cannot help but wonder whether the pressure to obtain a conviction caused an officer of the law to bend the rules that many years ago.’
      • ‘He feels safe doing so because he knows that while he might have bent some rules, he never broke them.’
      • ‘In this epoch of lawlessness, all warring nations have bent the law to suit their interests sometime or another.’
      • ‘We all bend the rules sometimes at work, which is what I've done.’
      • ‘You bent the rules, even if you didn't actually break them.’
      • ‘But he told the congregation, which included the Lord Chancellor, that it did not mean bending the rule of law.’
      • ‘In every walk of life, on the roads, in restaurants, in tax avoidance, rules and regulations are routinely bent.’
      • ‘So to accommodate the applicant he bends the rules.’
      • ‘He hasn't just bent the rules in his stupidity but gloated as to the outcome which goes against all common principles of acceptable sportsmanship.’
      • ‘Some 60 per cent agreed bending the rules is ‘part of the fun of playing games’.’
      • ‘These people… In their desire to get a majority, the rules are bent, the laws broken, institutions are destroyed.’
      • ‘We were caught by matron but she bent the rules a lot over Christmas and turned a blind eye.’
  • 4with object Direct (one's attention or energies) to a task.

    ‘Eric bent all his efforts to persuading them to donate some blankets’
    no object ‘she bent once more to the task of diverting her guests’
    • ‘With a mental shrug he bent his thoughts to the serious changes lying ahead.’
    • ‘Then shaking his shoulders he bent his attention to the old man in the shadow of the chair.’
    • ‘For these reasons, he bent his efforts to implement a plan to transform music into a well-loved and respected art.’
    • ‘They are ready to bend their skills and energy to every table, every serving; you will be waited on as you have never been waited on before.’
    • ‘Having succeeded so far the witness bent his attention to the office, when he found that a chest of drawers had been pillaged, and part of the contents packed up in a bundle that lay under the window looking into the street.’
    • ‘He now bent all his efforts to carry into execution a project designed for the sons of the wealthy planters of Louisiana, with whom he was an unbounded favourite.’
    • ‘All energies will now be bent to the task of reintegration and reconciliation.’
    • ‘Instead, he bent all his efforts toward becoming a fighting soldier, and succeeded.’
    • ‘When his choice was made he bent his attention to the table.’
    • ‘For several years he bent his efforts to the building of a railroad through the County.’
    • ‘Shrugging, he found more food then bent to the task of bailing out the boat, groaning as he began.’
    • ‘She was far more interested in the spiritual welfare of her children than in any material gain, and she bent her efforts to that end.’
    • ‘Now they are bent to the task of creating the first Nigerian pages on the university's Web server.’
    • ‘Again Alex berated herself for wool gathering, and bent back to the task at hand.’
    • ‘He bent his thoughts to see if he could pick up on Chanet's thoughts.’
    • ‘With characteristic energy he bent his efforts to the immediate development and improvement of the land, which he converted into a fine farm that he cultivated throughout his remaining days.’
    • ‘Seeing that there would be no reasoning with the princess for the rest of the day, he bent his mind to the task of keeping power flowing into Mara.’
    • ‘The men’s backs are turned to the wave, and bent to the task of rowing.’
    • ‘Simple experiments prove, however, that when those energies are bent to the wrong ends, there is severe backlash.’
    • ‘James being freed by the peace from all other cares, bent his attention to the conclusion of a matrimonial alliance, which he had during the last year been attempting.’
    direct, point, aim, turn, train, steer, set
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  • 5Nautical
    with object Attach (a sail or cable) by means of a knot.

    ‘sailors were bending sails to the spars’
    • ‘The main mast top mast was bent to the deck with cordage and sail draping across to starboard.’
    • ‘Saturday, Dave and I finished rigging the boat, raised the mast and bent the sails on.’
    • ‘At daylight the next morning some of the men bent the sails and rove the rigging of the privateer, while the others were cutting a good load of wood to ballast her.’
    • ‘With this view we got on board the observatories, the Instruments and bent the sails.’
    • ‘That evening we selected a vessel, whose size just seemed fitted for our enterprise; we bent the sails and put the rigging in order.’

noun

  • 1A curve in a road, river, path, or racing circuit.

    ‘the van screeched round a bend’
    ‘a bend in the river’
    • ‘So we finished our trip having traversed the distance along the mountain side, by rail or road, the river echoing the bends and curves with a constant murmur that kept us company.’
    • ‘Rounding a bend in the road, she pulled up sharply to park, and stepped out, walking quickly towards the pharmacy.’
    • ‘My father did not turn again as the car drove quickly off up the hill and disappeared round a bend in the road.’
    • ‘As she rounds a bend in the path, she stops suddenly, taken aback by the view of a cascade of clear, blue water tumbling from atop a small cliff.’
    • ‘They chatted until they rounded a bend in the road and both of them fell silent.’
    • ‘As she rounded the bend in the path, she saw a man standing in the middle of the clearing.’
    • ‘We rounded a bend in the road and saw our first big trees: cinnamon columns behind a scrim of falling snow.’
    • ‘We rounded the bend of the road that would put us in view of the forest, and within in our line of sight was smoke.’
    • ‘He lifted his arm in a farewell as he rounded the bend in the road.’
    • ‘I rounded a bend in the road later, and nearly fell over myself when I saw who waited for me, sitting primly on a rock on the roadside.’
    • ‘About half-way back to Boston I slowed down even further to go round a blind bend in the road, to come upon a police car and a mobile speed camera.’
    • ‘Leaping over a fallen branch, Kina flew past the large river and rounded a bend in the trail.’
    • ‘One day we came round a bend in the river and saw a big boat with a strange flag.’
    • ‘A key feature of the work will involve putting actual bends back into the river, which many years ago was previously straightened.’
    • ‘As he rounded a bend on a winding road, three slabs fell off.’
    • ‘I wasn't going too fast but probably faster than conditions warrant, for you never really know what's round the next bend in the road.’
    • ‘We rounded the bend in the road right before our neighborhood.’
    • ‘She rounded the bend into the quiet road where the hotel was.’
    • ‘They rounded a bend in the path and could now see a river up ahead.’
    • ‘As they rounded the bend on the road near the tennis court at Brookhill a man known to both of them appeared suddenly in the headlights only a few feet away.’
    curve, turn, corner, kink, angle, arc, crescent, twist, crook, deviation, deflection, loop
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  • 2A curved or angled part of something.

    ‘make a bend in the wire’
    • ‘Danny wanted to get a double header and kept his bait in the water, but then turned and saw the bend in the rod and quickly picked up his bait and climbed to the helm.’
    • ‘When there are many bends in the air path, ventilation resistance will increase.’
    • ‘Wire mesh lends itself to gentle curves and sharp bends, so you can use it to construct fences in any configuration you like.’
    • ‘This is really the best way of cleaning the tube as sometimes there's a bend in the tube, thus it cannot. be cleaned out using a wire.’
    • ‘The chimney has to be opened at frequent intervals to insert the liners, essential if there are bends in the flue.’
    • ‘There's a bend in the right frame rail near the front, and the lunette is a bit bent.’
    • ‘Just look at the bend in the rod.’
    • ‘All that is left to do is make a bend in the wire, slightly below the tubing to make a lever for attaching a spring or switch machine.’
    • ‘Trusting to instinct she held the bar steady and peered ahead, not daring to look at the bend in the wing as it took the added strain.’
    • ‘He made a bend in a steel rod by heating it and fixed it to make short strokes.’
    • ‘First hold both ends of the wire together and make a bend in the middle.’
    • ‘There are bends in some polymers and some are interacting with each other.’
    • ‘Hold the fold and squeeze it for a few seconds to make a bend in the neck.’
    • ‘Where there are bends in the ductwork an explosion vent of the appropriate size should be positioned on the bend.’
    • ‘We saw the bend in the rod and Chris commented that this was a much heavier fish.’
    • ‘It's completely ruined now, there's a bend in it that won't come out.’
    • ‘Furthermore, although the line is a circle, there are bends in either direction throughout its course so the underlying assumption is clearly wrong.’
    • ‘Sometimes there's a bend in the tape at the end, and there may even be a crease.’
    • ‘In the 70°C samples, semicircles and sinusoidal bends are observed.’
    • ‘To install the first hoop make a bend in a piece of wire about a 1/4" from the end.’
  • 3A kind of knot used to join two ropes together, or to tie a rope to another object, e.g. a carrick bend.

    • ‘Even so it is a very secure bend and can put up with a good deal of strain and movement. It can also be used to tie a bend with thin line.’
    • ‘But then I tied a Hunter's Bend and another similar knot, comparing it to the pictures.’
    • ‘The most important use for the Carrick bend which comes to my mind is the is the joining of two towing lines or anchor cables.’
    • ‘The sheet bend, and in some cases the fisherman's knot, are simple binding knots that can replace the reef knot.’
    • ‘In addition, Seamen must know which knot, bend, or hitch will serve best in a particular circumstance.’
  • 4the bendsDecompression sickness, especially in divers.

    • ‘The pressure-drops through the engine are minimal, which means the fish avoid decompression sickness, or the bends, as they pass through the machine.’
    • ‘A diver was treated in the decompression chamber after surfacing on Sunday afternoon with symptoms of the bends.’
    • ‘Often called the bends, decompression sickness causes nitrogen bubbles in the tissues of a diver's body when he attempts to surface too rapidly.’
    • ‘The number of divers suffering the bends in Scapa Flow is five times higher than the global average, it was revealed this week.’
    • ‘And then you're in the same problem that divers have when they come up from a great depth, the problem of nitrogen bends, decompression sickness.’
    • ‘So, that's why the free divers can get away without getting the bends.’
    • ‘The diver said they were waiting at a depth of five metres in order to avoid decompression sickness - known as the bends - when he noticed something wrong.’
    • ‘After a quiet Saturday, the squadron's helicopter was in the air again on Sunday lunchtime to assist a civilian diver suffering symptoms of the bends off the coast.’
    • ‘In the bends, the air embolism is a bubble of nitrogen.’
    • ‘The woman reported symptoms of decompression sickness, or the bends, and was immediately put on oxygen as their boat headed back to the harbour.’
    • ‘The disease suffered by divers known as the bends (decompression sickness) is an example of the same phenomenon.’
    • ‘There are cases of divers getting the bends as they returned through the Alps after diving the Mediterranean.’
    • ‘The bends, or decompression sickness, occurs as that dissolved nitrogen comes back out of solution as a diver surfaces.’
    • ‘In humans, this is known as decompression sickness, or the bends.’
    • ‘The navy had an emergency decompression chamber on stand by in case one of the divers suffered the bends.’
    • ‘Offers included turning one into a restaurant and another into a hyperbaric chamber - to help scuba divers suffering from the bends.’

Phrases

  • bend someone's ear

    • informal Talk to someone, especially at length or to ask a favour.

      ‘she regularly bent his ear with her problems’
      • ‘Mother was on at me for ages to make her a webpage, and one night she had a couple of glasses of wine and completely bent my ear about the subject.’
      • ‘I've just had Mr Brisedale bending my ear for ten minutes about the quality of my warehouse staff.’
      • ‘Once the artists have bent your ear, you'll want to take to the streets to tour the city's galleries and put your newfound perspectives to the test.’
      • ‘Of course I'll want to bend his ear over my pet topics.’
      • ‘In the following highlights of the day's activities, managers and employees had an opportunity to bend the boss 's ear - and some did.’
      • ‘I think I've bent your ear enough for today and I have to be at work in an hour.’
      • ‘I managed to collar him and bent his ear about the American situation.’
      • ‘Can I bend your ear for a minute about a veterans' issue?’
      • ‘A few weeks prior to our meeting I spotted him at a launch party at Downing Street bending the Prime Minister's ear.’
      • ‘Even rational, thinking people are bending my ear over this issue, which is threatening to spill out of control.’
  • bend one's elbow

    • Drink alcohol.

      ‘it didn't take long before we were all bending our elbows at the bar’
      • ‘He was jovial, and bent his elbow frequently.’
      • ‘For the next thirty minutes Darren bent his elbow with the fluency of a gypsy fiddler while the others admired his “strong” drinking.’
      • ‘Since Hemingway bent his elbow here, the bar has become de rigueur.’
      • ‘He sat at the bar bending his elbow until the place closed at one o'clock.’
      • ‘Sometimes he bent his elbow in the company of other convivial fellows, and drank toasts which he would not have liked his wife and daughters to hear.’
  • round the bend

    • informal Mad.

      ‘it's time for some changes before we all go round the bend’
      ‘you're driving me round the bend’
      • ‘We are at our wits' end with our 13-year-old son, whose behaviour is driving us round the bend.’
      • ‘So one possible answer to the question of whatever happened to intellectuals is that many became postmodernists, and have driven everybody else - as intellectuals always have - round the bend.’
      • ‘I briefly wondered if one of his men had gone round the bend, then the penny dropped, and I realised it must be Pat come to take the sheep away.’
      • ‘The impression nevertheless vividly remains of someone going around the bend as a result of his staring too long at the face of evil.’
      • ‘It's the little things that really drive me around the bend, though.’
      • ‘Something must be going on with her privately that’s driving her around the bend.’
      • ‘She has gone completely around the bend.’
      • ‘But hypocrisy really drove her around the bend - it so easily legitimized cruel ignorance and bad faith.’
      • ‘Anyway, all that click, click, clicking would drive me round the bend.’
      • ‘I was glad that they didn't think I was round the bend.’
      • ‘The constant ‘thump-thump’ of a contractor's piledriver has been driving residents round the bend.’
      • ‘Some of his escapades almost drove me around the bend.’
      • ‘The newspaper recently reported that the Formula One testing was sending local residents round the bend over claims the noise was ‘hellish’.’
      • ‘What drove me round the bend about places like that Club is that people would be talking to you but looking over your shoulder to see if there was anyone more important in.’
      • ‘It is, but why let that drive you to drink, solitude or round the bend?’
      • ‘The week has just entered the early hours of Monday morning and he is driving his unfortunate wife, Victoria, round the bend.’
      • ‘Modern communications are meant to be more efficient, yet the systems seem to have been designed to drive those who seek help round the bend.’
      • ‘He continued to drive slightly further down the road, while Clive continued to drive him round the bend by finding fault with every possible camping place.’
      • ‘You can't really blame me because I'm round the bend.’
      • ‘It's defeated many aspirants and driven a few completely around the bend.’
      mad, insane, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, not in one's right mind, certifiable, of unsound mind, crazed, lunatic, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, frenzied, raving, distraught, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare
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Origin

Old English bendan ‘put in bonds, tension a bow by means of a string’, of Germanic origin; related to band.

Pronunciation

bend

/bɛnd/

Main definitions of bend in English

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bend2

noun

Heraldry
  • An ordinary in the form of a broad diagonal stripe from top left (dexter chief) to bottom right (sinister base) of a shield or part of one.

    • ‘The three wavy bends on the shield are the three main rivers in the district.’
    • ‘This device of a fountain appears in the arms of the family, where six wells, which form the source of the River Stour appear with a bend on the shield.’
    • ‘For example a single charge all alone on a shield is assumed to be in the center. If there is a Bend on the shield, however, it would need to be noted whether the charge appeared on the Bend itself, in the upper portion, or the lower portion.’
    • ‘Its own name is of heraldic origin and refers to the three roses in a bend on the shield of the counts of Wasserburg.’
    • ‘Something bothersome about this particular image is the way in which the bend alternates direction to become a bend sinister.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French bande, Old French bende ‘flat strip’.

Pronunciation

bend

/bɛnd/