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 Bend,Ben’demeer. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bend Sinister.
 
He has a bend sinister. He was not born in lawful wedlock. In heraldry, a band running from the upper right-hand corner to the lower left-hand corner (as the shield appears before you on paper) is called a bend-sinister, and is popularly, but erroneously, supposed to indicate bastardy.   1
 


 Bend,Ben’demeer. 

 
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