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1‘copper pipes should not be bent without support’
curve, crook, make crooked, make curved, flex, angle, hook, bow, arc, arch, buckle, warp, contort, distort, deform
twist, spiral, coil, curl, loop
2‘the highway bent to the left up ahead’
turn, curve, incline, swing, veer, swerve, deviate, diverge, fork, change course
twist, snake, wind, meander, zigzag, curl, loop
rare divagate, incurvate
3‘he bent and patted the dog’
stoop, bow, crouch, squat, kneel, hunch
bend down, bend over, lean down, lean over, hunker down, bob down, duck down
North American informal scooch
4‘they want to bend me to their will’
mould, shape, manipulate, direct, force, press, influence, incline, sway, bias, warp, impress, compel, persuade
5‘he bent his mind to the question’
direct, point, aim, turn, train, steer, set
1‘he came to a bend in the road’
curve, turn, corner, kink, angle, arc, crescent, twist, crook, deviation, deflection, loop
dog-leg, oxbow, zigzag
British hairpin bend, hairpin turn, hairpin
‘they have bent over backwards to ensure a fair trial’
try one's hardest, try as hard as one can, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can, give one's all, make every effort
strive, struggle, apply oneself, exert oneself, work hard, endeavour, try
do one's damnedest, go all out, pull out all the stops, bust a gut, move heaven and earth, give it one's best shot
go for the doctor
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