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1Make or become straight from a bent or twisted form or position.[with object] ‘I had trouble unbending my cramped knees’[no object] ‘he unbent from the cockpit’
straighten, straighten out, extend, flex, uncurl, flattenView synonyms
- ‘The beautiful green emeralds, mined by the Salfo't in the South, were smashed and only one silver reed remained unbent.’
- ‘The man slowly unbent himself, a look of disbelief on his face which was now slightly pink.’
- ‘He unbent the metal he'd twisted around the bars to hold the cell shut and tossed it aside, opening the door to my prison.’
- ‘Or for the less snarky solution, try and unbend them and donate them to the local Value Village or Salvation Army store.’
- ‘Mark took the paperclip from her hand and unbent it.’
- ‘Kel took a deep breath and unbent her long-idle arm slowly, watching the angle of her elbow go from acute to right to obtuse in a matter of seconds.’
- ‘Out of the mountains, unbending slowly from dense groves of coconut palms, pushes the sweet water of the Rio La Laja.’
- ‘Using round-nose pliers, unbend the wire handle ends inside the box and feed on large beads with large holes.’
- ‘Basil smiled, and elegantly unbent himself from the doorframe on which he had been leaning.’
- ‘That spoon remained unbent all through the episode.’
- ‘They can stick to the cells for weeks and researchers have discovered that the usually bent antibody will unbend to secure itself to the mast cells.’
- ‘It didn't work because my fingers kept bending and unbending in his.’
- ‘As his knees unbend, his right hand follows through toward the target.’
- ‘She stood in the dark hallway and began unbending bobby pins.’
- ‘Adrian asked me coolly as he unbent from checking if his victim was still conscious.’
- ‘She expertly took a pin out of her hair, unbent it and slowly pushed it into the key hole of the knob.’
- ‘I know it is somewhat uneventful, but I should point out that should one of the pins get bent, you are going to have a heck of a time unbending it, as the pins are extremely closely spaced together and quite tiny.’
- ‘But the more I did it, the more my body relaxed and my legs became unbent.’
- ‘He unbends his skinny frame from a nylon hammock and gives me a handshake more bone than flesh.’
- ‘Harvard's Tim Martin, who never unbends his elbow and who ‘goes for depth’ immediately, is the extreme example of this.’
- 1.1[no object]Become less reserved, formal, or strict.‘you could be fun too, you know, if you'd only unbend a little’
- ‘It fits perfectly the template for the new breed of Britflick; talented rebel clashes with buttoned-up pillars of the establishment, who are forced to unbend, and finally admit that self-expression, and so on, is a good thing.’
- ‘Surrounded by musicians he knew and were, some of them his friends, Elgar would gradually thaw and eventually, if all went reasonably well, he unbent a little.’
- ‘Ben Kingsley is superb as the man who lives for honour and his family but is too proud to unbend when trouble and culture dislocation strike.’
- ‘Later, she unbends a bit; unlike Kitty, men don't leave her, ‘but they all go prematurely grey.’’
- ‘Maybe I can offer you an incentive to unbend a little.’
- ‘There was a fancy party where Katherine got to use her corporate skills and Phil made a hit by playing the bohemian, and there was a family cookout where even Rachael seemed to unbend a little.’
- ‘Yet as soon as you unbend from the expectation of something drastically different (because that's what you heard, right?) they do it - breaking easily into the most melodic stretch of Fugazi song I've heard them undertake.’
- ‘Ian Bostridge's Jupiter gradually unbends to deliver the sweetest soft legato, Patricia Bardon's Juno is hilariously fiery as the queenly betrayed wife, and Janis Kelly camps Iris up something terrible.’
[with object] Unfasten (sails) from yards and stays.
- ‘At daylight, we were driven down to the marine to unbend the sails and do other necessary work on the Cruisers that had captured us.’
- 2.1Untie or cast loose (a rope or cable).
- ‘Haste is made to unbend the cable; line after line is let go until we are held by one alone.’
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