bend up (v.) Old form(s): vp
exert, strain, wind up
H5 III.i.16[King Henry to all] bend up every spirit / To his full height!
Mac I.vii.79.2[Macbeth to Lady Macbeth, of killing the King] I ... bend up / Each corporal agent to this terrible feat
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