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1(pipe/branch) curvado(pipe/branch) torcido
- Working with animal forms, she's used compressed mattress springs and bent wire to form quirky, ethereal beings.
- Wires and bent iron rods that once reinforced the concrete dangle from the ceiling.
- Peg the stem securely into the trench with bent wire. Bend up the shoot tip and tie to a cane fixed firmly in the soil to keep the shoot upright.
- The bent wires and wind-twisted poles surrounded the area and at the far end, an abandoned warehouse stood within the storm.
- I made the best of it though, and barely noticed the increasing dampness of my right shoulder under the bent right-half corner of my umbrella.
- Dust the wound with rooting hormone, then lay it along the bottom of your hole, using a bent piece of wire to keep it in place.
- If wind blows the netting around, anchor it into the ground with bent wire.
- My jeans snag onto a bent section of wire, jutting squarely out into the space.
- The risk to the shoulder is such that a rounded-off, bent elbow technique is a better, safe approach.
- Then it all came back: the angle of the stroke, the bent knees and stooped posture, the gliding rhythm.
- The shape of his bent body is echoed perfectly by the curve of the car's steering wheel.
- Begin lying supine with the ball between bent knees and extend your arms above your shoulders.
- His arrows were at his side and a lute was strung over his back with its bent neck protruding over his shoulder.
- A little further along there was a bent bicycle wheel, a set of keys…
- But, most of these figures have a limited range of posture, with the bent head, suggesting defeat, or failure.
- Containing bent pins, human hair and perhaps urine, the bottles were supposed to protect a household against evil spells.
- So her mum used a bent oven tray to scoop up all the caterpillars.
- The damage to his car was a bent chassis leg, damage to the bonnet, two wings, bumper and cross member.
- Unfortunately his car had to be withdrawn from the feature due to a bent axle.
- A horde of boys and girls is playing next to it, doing gymnastics on a bent lamp pole.
2.1(corrupt)corruptopringado Spain slangchueco Latin America informal
- Most punters are aware that there are a few bent people in racing but if anything, that gives it a bit of interest, something to gossip about.
- This is as bad as a bent cop forging evidence to put a real criminal away.
- Then a cold glint appeared in his eye as a reminder of just what he's seen and potentially done in all his years as a bent cop.
- They were shaken down by bent cops, leaned on by mobsters and harried by the FBI.
- It depicts a world of violence, greed and corruption peopled by hookers, bent and not so bent cops and twisted violent lunatics.
- He is only interested in the truth and along the way comes up against bent cops, the mob and an extremely hostile family, who are hiding the truth from their own.
- He mixes easily with criminals, and suspicions abound that he was a bent copper who left under a cloud.
- The plot is that the parole officer witnesses a murder committed by a bent copper.
- Perhaps the company might like also to consider a device which can detect meetings between cricketers and bent bookies - now that would be a breakthrough.
- But once a stolen masterpiece or a valuable objet d'art appears in the press, on TV, or in trade publications, no honest dealer will touch it and even the bent dealer handles it at his peril.
- By using data transmitted directly from the vehicle, the likelihood of false readings is much reduced - which is good news for everybody but the bent salesman.
- Stopping a horse winning in the old days usually required the involvement of an old-fashioned bent bookie, a breed that has become rare since betting became corporatised.
2.2slang, offensive (homosexual)to be bent — ser del otro bando informal
1(inclination)inclinaciones femininepeople of (an) artistic bent — personas con inclinaciones artísticas
- He has a talent for being a down-and-out guy and he has a natural bent for comedy, as Russ reminded me on the way out of the theater.
- For those of you with time on your hands and a similar bent for political theater, you can download the images for flagmaking here.
- But behind her vulnerable persona was a woman who was a ‘practised liar’ with a bent for sexual fantasy.
- In fact, in the sense employed in this article, there is no intrinsic connection between having a bent for ideas and having a high IQ.
- Maybe the best bets for taking on this project are bright lawyers who combine a bent for original thinking with a desire to work on behalf of public good.
- More than anyone else, Dante never failed to make her want to laugh or scowl or rage - and had the bent for inducing within her the latter.
- Howard has a bent for rebellion and grand causal schemes and shares that and other preoccupations with his grandparents.
- For nearly as long, pilgrims with a bent for writing have felt compelled to set down what they experienced.
- We'll be hearing from a few people who would definitely be classed as New Agers, but with a bent for ecological activism.
- She comes from New Caledonia near Australia and made the headlines when she seemed to show a bent for physics.
- He particularly points out that James proved a highly capable naval officer, a career for which he seems to have had a natural bent.
- Our natural bent toward efficiency in consuming information will turn blogs into another mainstream medium.
- The music led him to art classes and then, in the 1960s, he began to apply his creative bent to the construction skills he had learned in the navy.
- Intentionally choosing people with varying experiences, bents and expertise is preferable.
- One can also find differences in the attitudes of the professionals depending on their ideological bent.
- His mother didn't have time or inclination to shape his creative bents, so he did so alone, and with the aid of teachers or circumstances.
- Voices shift in the canticle, and interpretations vary widely, depending on the era and religious bent of the reader.
- Whatever your political or religious bent, you're not likely to be offended by this movie.
- Research requires an inquisitive and independent bent, and rewards these talents handsomely.
2(aptitude)aptitud femininea bent for languages — aptitud para los idiomas