1. intoxicated by liquor or drugs.
|Life and Adventures of Dr Dodimus Duckworth II 176: He was seldom downright drunk; but was often [...] confoundedly bent.|
|‘Sl. Expressions for Drunk’ in New Republic in AS XVI:1 (1941) 9 Mar. 70: [...] bent.|
|Dict. Amer. Sl. 272: Bent – intoxicated.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 43: bent [...] high or intoxicated from a hallucinogen or narcotic.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Bk of Jargon 339: bent: High on drugs, usually hallucinogens, sometimes narcotics.|
|What’s The Good Word? 79: Bent [...] can also mean drunk.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Bent (adj.) High or intoxicated.|
|Triggerfish Twist (2002) 87: ‘How do you feel?’ asked Bernie. Coleman looked slowly around the room. ‘High, stoned, hammered, bent, [...]’.|
|‘Holy Ghost’ [lyrics] Sippin’ good in the back, I’m like fuck it, I’m bent.|
2. criminal; corrupt; thus on the bend under bend n.1 ; thus bent copper, bent screw, corrupt police officer, prison-warder.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 17: bent [...] crooked; larcenous. Example: His kisser shows that he’s bent.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 26: Bent.—Crooked ; criminal ; outside the law. Directly the opposite of ‘straight,’ and applied to individuals, enterprises or goods.|
|Letters from the Big House 144: ’E says as ’is china bust a two-handful kite, Scotch jug, flutes the bogeys cause the jumper ses the moniker’s bent. Slung ’em the madam, an’ copped.|
|Und. Nights 41: Much thought is given to the causes of crime: i.e. why blokes go bent. [Ibid.] 203: Members of the bent fraternity are very conventional [...] in their attitude to some things.|
|Norman’s London (1969) 92: It might even prevent young people from going ‘bent’ themselves.in Education 22 Jan. in|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 9: The cat was away at college for an education. If he is still bent when he leaves, he will be back for straightening.|
|Inside the Und. 107: The bent policeman who tips off the crook.|
|Train to Hell 22: The city council is bent, the police force is bent, the government’s bent, the opposition is bent and you still can’t get a drink before seven on a Sunday evening.|
|Fixx 127: A succession of clapped-out aristos and bent MPs.|
|in Little Legs 165: There are bent screws in every nick.|
|Yes We have No 200: Bent cops go back on their deals.|
|Dead Point (2008) [ebook] What about this Cannon Ridge business? [...] Reckon it’s bent?|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 43: Dr. Roos, a bent plastic surgeon he’d busted for selling ketamine two years ago. It turned out Special K was the least of it.|
|Rubdown [ebook] Half the [drug] squad turned out bent.|
|(ref. to 1971) Homeless in my Heart 180: Where coppers as bent as a hinge / March in and bellow their trade.‘Old Bailey’|
|Viva La Madness 10: I got people to check with bent cozzers back home to see if the police were actively looking for me.|
|Happy Mutant Baby Pills 156: I just took his car. Bent fuck like that, he’s not going to go to the authorities.|
3. spoiled, ruined.
|(con. 1914–1918) Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier 210: Bent, spoiled, ruined, e.g. ‘a good man bent’ or even ‘good tea bent’.|
4. illegal, stolen.
|Gippsland Times(Vic.) 29 Jan. 3/2: The stolen goods are known as ‘bent stuff’ or ‘swag’.|
|Third Degree (1931) 39: A member of the Auto Squad arrested a city fireman [...] for having sold a stolen or bent car.|
|Persons in Hiding 246: You suspect me of being in a stolen car? Look it over, take the numbers. You’ll never find me in a bent job.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 16: My mother was a buyer of bent gear.|
|Bang To Rights 150: Well have you got any bent geer in the back?|
|Sir, You Bastard 61: The two rooms held nothing bent.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 118: I gave up flogging bent gear in Oxford Street after that.West in|
|(con. 1960s) London Blues 81: I know dockers are pretty highly paid but I suspect our Reg also does a bit of dealing in bent goods.|
5. considered as sexually eccentric, esp. homosexual; as half-bent, bisexual.
|Absolute Beginners 54: Not bent at all, though I had hopes that perhaps he dabbled.|
|in A Minority 99: I think I’ll always be bent, but perhaps half-bent. All my mates are normal. I like sex with queers. [Ibid.] 208: Bent adj. [...] half-bent meaning bisexual.|
|All Night Stand 7: Nobody could be more sweet and have such a bent mind.|
|Faggots 16: The straight and narrow, so beloved of our founding fathers and all fathers thereafter, is now obviously and irrevocably bent.|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 12: It doesn’t make you bent as a hairpin / to indulge sometimes in a little sin.|
|Bill [...] on the Planet of Robot Slaves (1991) 176: Are you kinky or bent, Bill?|
|Smiling in Slow Motion (2000) 94: Pat had a soft spot for bent aristocracy.letter 12 Mar.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] Look, I’ve never been with a man in me life. Well, then, how do you know you’re not bent? How can you know unless you try it?|
|Queer Street 293: Mum had too, / A thing for yanks [...] / So did my poor bent dad and a big thing too.‘Vilja de Tanquay Exults’ in|
|Chopper 4 138: [of women] It might give some of the bent bitches a thrill.|
6. impoverished, penniless.
7. (orig. US) eccentric, acting oddly, behaving in a strange manner.
|Current Sl. (1967) I:4 3/2: Bent, adj. Uninhibited, mad, or insane.|
|Puberty Blues 118: Yews chicks are bent [...] fuckin’ bent.|
|Double Whammy (1990) 158: [He] had skinned him like a mackerel and tried to sell the fillets [...] It was one of those cases so bent as to be threatened by the sheer weight of law-enforcement bureacracy.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 92: You’re a fucking nutcase yourself, Burke [...] Yeah, you’re bent.|
|Another Day in Paradise 206: ‘Are we nuts?’ ‘Yeah, baby, fuckin’ bent.’.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 123: A bent, beautiful, edge-of-your-seat genius female.|
|Thrill City [ebook] The straight world thought I was too bent and the bent world assumed I was too big for my thigh-high boots.|
8. (US) angry, excited; usu. in phr. bent out of shape
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 132: Now this happened at a time when I didn’t have one cent. / I beat my way to Frisco and my mind was [?] and bent.|
|Current Sl. II:2 5: Bent, adj. Angry or extremely displeased.|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 2: get bent – expression of anger/and or annoyance, either playful or serious.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014.(ed.)|
9. in weak form of sense 5, weak, emotional.
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 145: What I really wished for was that [...] we’d live, like, happily ever after, roysh, but I didn’t say that because it sounded too bent.|
|Locked Ward (2013) 314: ‘You a poof?’ [...] ‘I don’t like that word’ [...] ‘Well what word dae ye want us tae use? Bender? Bent shot?’.|
see limp wrist n. (1)
extremely corrupt, highly criminal.
|Und. Nights 45: You was born bent as a bootlace, boy!|
|Signs of Crime 173: Bent as a butcher’s hook Stolen or dishonest.|
|‘Chokey’ 196: I tell you he’s as bent as a dog’s hind leg.|
1. (also bent as a forty-eight pence piece) of a person, dishonest or of an object, stolen.
|Prostitutes 59: ‘Bent as a nine-bob note, I am’, he admits without any trace of either shame or bravado. ‘Need the money, don’t I?’.|
|Minder [TV script] 45: Selling diamonds in some field at dawn, that has to be as bent as a nine bob note, and I don’t wish to be associated.‘You Need Hands’|
|Inside the Firm [ebook] The heavy one [i.e. police officer]was an outandout bruiser who was as bent as a nine bob note, as was publicly proven later.|
|Glue 54: Eh reckons Pender’s as bent as a forty-eight pence piece.|
|Scum 61: Jesus fuckin’ Christ, he made a mint! Bent as a nine bob note, he was, 'im the boss and all!|
|Layer Cake 176: ‘Crazy Larry was the other way?’ [...] ‘Bent as a nine-bob note.’.|
|Viva La Madness 47: You’d bet your bollocks he was an iron, bent as a nine-bob note.|
1. (Aus.) extremely corrupt.
|Traveller’s Tool 22: Name another world power where the police aren’t as bent as a two-bob watch.|
|Last Six Million Seconds 37: Those Red coastguards have always been the lowest of the low. They’re all as bent as a two-bob watch.|
|Dope Opera 148: Knocking Ruth up just before he’d decided he was as bent as a two bob watch.|
1. intoxicated by a drug, esp. cannabis or LSD, or extremely drunk.
|Current Sl. I:3 1/1: Bent out of shape adj. Extremely intoxicated.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
2. very angry.
|Current Sl. III:4 4: Bent out of shape, adj. Angry; dissatisfied.|
|Blood Brothers 175: I feel like really bent outta shape about somethin’.|
|More Tales of the City (1984) 215: Was she bent out of shape?|
|Monster (1994) 46: She had been totally bent out of shape by the fact that I had gotten a civilian pregnant.|
|Keepers of Truth 119: I’d never seen a guy so bent out of shape like that over nothing.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. 2011.(ed.)|
3. excited, emotional, concerned.
|26 Mar. NY Times [Internet] ‘This is not something that the general public needs to get bent out of shape about,’ said Jessica Stone Levy, a Denver-based trademark lawyer.|
1. to become corrupt.
|Fings II i: On top of all this bovva, me accountant goes right bent.|
|Scotland Yard 254: And then they could go bent on us - I hope most policemen would laugh at £500, but they might not.|
2. to turn to criminality.
|Und. Nights 41: Much thought is given to the causes of crime: i.e. why blokes go bent.|
3. to let down, to desert.
|Stand on Me 163: Bert began to get the needle about having taught me all the tricks of the trade, and tried to persuade me that it was a matter of honour that I didn't go bent on him.|
|Norman’s London 132: I sat on the bed wondering how long I was going to get this time, and [...] if they would go bent on me and oppose bail.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 155: S’long as yuh ain’t finkin of going bent on me, mate.|
|Lowspeak 23: to go bent – to inform or turn Queen’s Evidence. As in ‘Tom’s gone bent on us’.|
4. of one’s girlfriend, to take up with someone else.
|DSUE (8th edn) 71/1: since ca.1920.|
5. (Aus.) to go wrong, to fail.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5927-5935 84/2: Mulberry Street nick has had a string of drug raids go bent on it.|
SE in slang uses
(US teen) to misinterpret, to ‘read’ incorrectly.
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] bent a skewed impression of reality. ‘You got me bent, I ain’t like that.’.|
of a woman who may no longer be easily marriageable, to abandon one’s hopes of a perfect partner, substituting instead an elderly but constant admirer.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1199: [...] earlier C.20.|
(US campus) a general excl. of dismissal or contempt.
|Current Sl. III–V (Cumulation Issue).|
|(con. 1950s) Age of Rock 2 (1970) 100: Don’t give me any grief. You want a knuckle sandwich. Get Bent.‘The Fifties’ in Eisen|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 242: ‘I thought you found somebody.’ ‘Get bent.’.|
|Christine 133: ‘Get bent,’ he said, and hung up.|
|Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] get bent get fucked Said in a derogatory way. Why don’t you go get bent!|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 299: Donna flipped her-him the finger. Get bent and butt out, Butch!‘Hot-Prowl Rape-O’ in|