Bending the rules.NOT breaking but flexing all of them.
original past participle of fold (v.), retained after 14c. in certain formal or poetic formulations, specially on bended knee.
used regarding the as well as knees; stooped
- of Bend
(imp. & p. p.) of Bend
I could always tell if visitors had called in my absence, either by the bended twigs or grass, or the print of their shoes, and generally of what sex or age or quality they were by some slight trace left, as a flower dropped, or a bunch of grass plucked and thrown away, even as far off as the railroad, half a mile distant, or by the lingering odor of a cigar or pipe.