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duck [intransitive, transitive] to move your head or body downwards to avoid being hit or seen

He had to duck as he came through the door.

duck (down) (behind/under something) We ducked down behind the wall so they wouldn't see us.

He ducked under the overhanging branches.

He just managed to duck out of sight.

duck something She ducked her head and got into the car.

She ducked under the railings and ran towards him.


bend 1 [intransitive, transitive] to move part of your body so that it is not straight or so that you are not upright

Lee bent and kissed her.

She bent her head.

Bend your knees, but keep your back straight.

bend over

Emma bent over to pick up the coins.

bend down

I bent down to lift the box off the floor.

bend towards/across etc

He bent towards me and whispered in my ear.


My child often "bends or ducks her head all the way down onto the floor right after meal", which may make her throw up.

She could stand and bend her head all the way down like this

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or, She could sit and put her head down on the floor like this

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or She could stand and bend her head with her hands on the floor like this

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Could I say generally for all similar situations like this

"If you bend / duck your head all the way down onto the floor right after meal like that, you may throw up"?

  • "Duck" implies staying the right way up but bending the knees or the neck so as to avoid a blow or to hide behind something. What you are talking about is putting the head lower than the body, which is not quite the same. – Kate Bunting Feb 18 at 9:14
  • @KateBunting, is it ok to say "don't bend your head all the way down like that"? – Tom Feb 18 at 9:16
  • Yes - or I might describe 1 and 3 as 'turning upside down'. – Kate Bunting Feb 18 at 9:18
  • @KateBunting, what about "bend your head upside down like that"? is it idiomatic? (the girl in the site bends her head upside down to dry her hair musely.com/tips/How-To-Grow-12-Inches-Of-Hair-In-A-Week/…) – Tom Feb 18 at 9:57
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    I would probably advise a child not to 'turn upside down' after a meal, but you could say 'bend' or 'hang your head upside down'. – Kate Bunting Feb 18 at 14:19

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