bend to the will of (someone)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of bend to the will of (someone)

: to do what is demanded by (one who is stronger, in authority, or influential)
  • a politician accused of bending to the will of wealthy supporters

Word by Word Definitions

bend play
  1. : to constrain or strain to tension by curving

  2. : to turn or force from straight or even to curved or angular

  3. : to force from a proper shape

  1. : the act or process of bending : the state of being bent

  2. : something that is bent: such as

  3. : a curved part of a path (as of a stream or road)

  1. : a diagonal band that runs from the dexter chief (see 3chief 1) to the sinister base (see 1base 4) on a heraldic shield — compare bend sinister

  2. : a knot by which one rope is fastened to another or to some object

will play
  1. used to express futurity

  2. used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent, or in negative constructions refusal

  3. used to express a command, exhortation, or injunction

  1. : a legal declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property or estate after death

  2. : desire, wish: such as

  3. : disposition, inclination

  1. : to cause or change by an act of will

  2. : intend, purpose

  3. : decree, ordain

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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