American English

Definition of bend noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a curve or turn, especially in a road or river a sharp bend in the road You took that bend very fast!
  2. 2the bends [plural] severe pain and difficulty in breathing experienced by a diver who comes back to the surface of the water too quickly
  3. Idioms
    around the bend (informal)
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    crazy She has gone completely around the bend. The children are driving me around the bend today (= annoying me very much).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bend