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bent out of shape

Definition of bent out of shape

  1. 1 :  not in the usual shape <The bike's rim was bent out of shape.>

  2. 2 US informal :  very angry or unhappy <Don't get all bent out of shape. Nothing bad happened!>



Word by Word Definitions

bentplay
  1. :  unenclosed grassland

    :  a reedy grass

    :  a stalk of stiff coarse grass

  1. :  changed by bending out of an originally straight or even condition

    :  strongly inclined :  determined

    :  different from the normal or usual

  1. :  a strong inclination or interest :  bias

    :  a special inclination or capacity :  talent

    :  capacity of endurance

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

shapeplay
  1. :  form, create

    :  to give a particular form or shape to

    :  ordain, decree

  1. :  the visible makeup characteristic of a particular item or kind of item

    :  spatial form or contour

    :  a standard or universally recognized spatial form


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