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1An object or person that bends something:‘a metal bender’
- ‘The university's Sunday afternoon sessions are where some of the area's most buffed and ruthless body benders tear off their moves.’
- ‘The exhaust pipes are apparently a fine example of the pipe bender's art.’
- ‘Thus, field soldiers and civilian metal and electron benders were in the driver's seat - they could literally build their own division to meet General Meyer's concept and his timelines.’
- ‘Remember that what we are talking about here is not side-show illusionist trickery or spoon benders.’
- ‘We've got steel, the raw material, we've got the forgers, we've got the casters, the benders, the twisters and the fabricators.’
- ‘Working with English metal benders, the professor of experimental physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, has devised extensive methods of guarding against conscious or unconscious fraud.’
- ‘We have good wire benders and thus headpieces are always done here, but some things come from overseas.’
- ‘We are blessed with the presence of great actors and entertainers, great writers, artists, filmmakers, panmen, wire benders and even photographers.’
- ‘Spoon bender Uri hit the headlines this weekend when it was revealed that his good friend, the pop star Michael Jackson, is to be best man at his wedding.’
- ‘Rather than being an introduction to ghosts and spoon benders, it turned out to be a lesson for me in the value of testing ideas and critical thinking.’
- ‘There are department-store tents of amateur watercolourists, amateur kiddie crocheters, flower dryers, mud turners, cancerous candle makers, rag-doll knotters and metal benders.’
- ‘Unfortunately, we are perceived as focusing mostly on debunking the silly stuff like UFOs, spoon benders, and psychic spiritualists.’
2informal A wild drinking spree:‘he went off on a self-destructive bender’
drinking bout, debauchView synonyms
- ‘They'd go up to Charleston on these two- and three-day benders when they'd get paid.’
- ‘I guess this gives me a shoddy excuse to embark on a weeklong bender of hard drinking, dire self-examination and monstrous self-pity.’
- ‘This could be because of a weekend drinking bender, or it's more likely because the story is tremendously forgettable.’
- ‘Well, how many of those children were sent down the path of a life of crime by fathers abusing them while on alcoholic benders?’
- ‘‘Ally, Rock's an alcoholic and his benders were getting way too out of hand,’ Leonard explained softly.’
- ‘Victory will not be followed by the drinking benders of old, though.’
- ‘He said he had been on a bender all day and that he should not be drinking and driving.’
- ‘An accomplished master of the month-long bender, his genteel appearance belies his taste for corn liquor and high proof moonshine.’
- ‘She was hardly ever photographed without a drink in her hand, and her benders were infamous.’
- ‘It's the first night of the annual Mardi Gras, a three-day bender that, according to the head of the local Oxfam team, acts ‘as a kind of therapy, a release’ for the people of one of the poorest countries in the world.’
- ‘Dad had a drink problem when we were kids and would go on benders that could last a few days so we were left with no money to buy food.’
- ‘He also remembered the dark and lonely nights he and his mother spent waiting for Herb to return from one of his frequent three-day benders.’
- ‘It was a great vacation, but I was thoroughly exhausted and hungover from the five-day bender that I've come to associate with people's nuptials.’
- ‘He went on long benders, landed in detox wards, returned to his studio and soon fell off the wagon again.’
- ‘A lost weekend is a keenly social event that largely plays out in bars, so you won't need to lay in the kind of alcohol stores you'd need for a bender.’
- ‘At one point a couple of years ago, he says, he thought about ending it all, going out after one last amazing, self-destructive bender.’
- ‘He was always witty when waking up from a bender.’
- ‘However, I had been on a hard drinking bender for the whole weekend.’
- ‘That's why you went on such a bender the other night.’
3British informal, offensive A male homosexual.
4British A shelter made by covering a framework of bent branches with canvas or tarpaulin:‘we lived underneath this bender we built in the woods’
- ‘I can honestly say I've never slept in a bender, and I never intend to.’
- ‘I slept in the bender we had erected for work parties after we had purchased the land in December.’
- ‘The 7 boys built and slept in a 20 foot high tepee, and the 3 girls made a bender.’
- ‘If you've never slept in a bender, you MUST.’
Late 15th century (denoting instruments such as pliers, for bending things): from bend + -er.
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