One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The curved stretch of pipe above the point of inflection in an S-shaped length of pipeline being lowered on to the seabed from a barge. Compare "sagbend".
1with object To bend (something) too much.
2no object Equestrianism. Of a horse: to hold its head in an unnaturally low position. Also with object (of a rider): to cause (a horse) to do this.
1960s. From over- + bend<br>early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From over- + bend. With sense 1 compare to bend over.
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