ADJ. gentle, slight, wide | hairpin, sharp, tight Some of the hairpin bends had Ruth clinging to her seat. | dangerous | blind mountain roads with steep gradients and blind bends | left-hand, right-hand | final (= in a race) He had a winning lead off the final bend.
QUANT. series a series of dangerous bends
VERB + BEND come round, negotiate, round, take, turn He slowed down to negotiate the bend.
PREP. around/round a/the ~ The car vanished round a bend. | into a/the ~ I inched the car into the bend. | off a/the ~ He came off the bend in the lead. | on a/the ~ Slow down on the tight bends. | ~ in a wide bend in the river
ADV. slightly | quickly, swiftly | backwards, forwards | down, over I bent down and tied my shoelace. | close, nearer Sarah bent close to him. | double I had to bend double to get under the table.
PREP. at Avoid bending at the waist when lifting heavy objects. | towards He came closer and bent towards her.