backbend


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backbend

(ˈbækˌbɛnd)
n
(Gymnastics) a gymnastic exercise in which the trunk is bent backwards until the hands touch the floor

back•bend

(ˈbækˌbɛnd)

n.
an acrobatic feat in which one bends backward from a standing position until the hands touch the floor.
[1955–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backbend - an acrobatic feat in which the trunk is bent backward from a standing position until the hands touch the floorbackbend - an acrobatic feat in which the trunk is bent backward from a standing position until the hands touch the floor
acrobatic feat, acrobatic stunt - a stunt performed by an acrobat
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The last of the descent, from the barbed wire fence, was a sliding fall of a dozen feet, and Saxon arrived on the soft dry sand in a sitting posture.
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He started for'ard, the fuse sizzling and spluttering at his rear, the natives in his path taking headers over the barbed wire at every jump.
Fences of barbed wire ten feet high, and inside that they do things.
At the same instant she saw a bolt of lightning strike a young tree by the roadside, heard the sharp click as it hit and then watched the flash dance about, now on the road, now along the barbed wire fencing.