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  • The M-7 bayonet that was issued with the M16 was useless as a cutting tool, having a blade about as sharp as a butter knife's, made of metal so soft a fairly strong man could bend it without its breaking.

    1968

  • “Br’er Fox,” Alleyn said, “we shall snatch a couple of hours sleep at the Boy and Donkey, but before we do so, will you drag your fancy away from thoughts of District Nurses and bend it upon the bottom drawer on the left-hand side of Colonel Cartarette’s desk?”

    Scales of Justice

  • Because people like John Lewis and Hosea Williams and Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks and thousands of ordinary Americans with extraordinary courage have helped bend it that way.

    John Lewis's 65th Birthday Gala

  • He took up a paper-knife from the table, and began to bend it in his hands.

    That Lass o' Lowrie's: A Lancashire Story

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