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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Form into a bent, curling, or distorted shape.

    ‘a strip of metal is twisted to form a hollow tube’
    • ‘her pretty features twisted into a fearsome expression’
    • ‘The crown wasn't ordinary exactly; it was a blackened sort of metal, twisted and molded into shapes of cold fire.’
    • ‘My left foot seemed to have been twisted in an odd angle.’
    • ‘This molecule has a structure that is twisted into the shape of a propeller with six blades because of steric interactions among its hydrogen atoms.’
    • ‘She clutched her wrist that was twisted in an odd angle and was in extreme agony.’
    • ‘I could hear it sing out and howl as the metals within twisted and bent, flexing with the current.’
    • ‘The Chamber Maid consists of a flexible steel cable, stout enough to be twisted and turned, but pliant enough to contort into the chamber.’
    • ‘Cross tracks at a right angle: If the rails are diagonal to the road and you cross them at an angle, your front wheel can be twisted out from under you.’
    • ‘Ms. Debby was a variety of shapes, points twisted at odd angles.’
    • ‘In Orion Duckstein, Taylor found a tallish dancer who could lope and hop, and whose torso could twist back on itself with just the right awkward skill.’
    • ‘The gold curled and twisted in the wondrous shape of a serpent, its shimmering scales glinting in the candlelight.’
    • ‘A tornado eventually reaches a stage where it runs out of momentum and energy and begins to twist itself into a rope shape, twists even further and then dies away.’
    • ‘The bottomless cage, made of metal tubing bent and twisted in a whimsical fashion, originally housed a mannequin perched on a swing.’
    • ‘Microchaetae are twisted and bent, and micro- and macrochaetae have abnormally deep and irregular grooves.’
    • ‘The wire, which I obtain from Harris Angling, is twisted with a twiddling stick after passing the wire twice through the eye of the swivel or snap link.’
    • ‘This allows the steel to be twisted like a rope before additional hammering draws it to the flat configuration needed for a knife blank.’
    • ‘A Flemish string can be twisted far more than an endless loop type, so brace adjustment for this style of string has a much greater range.’
    crumpled, bent out of shape, crushed, buckled, warped, misshapen, distorted, deformed
    crooked, wry, lopsided
    crumple, crush, buckle, mangle, warp, bend out of shape, misshape, deform, distort
    contort, screw up, quirk
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    1. 1.1Form (something) into a particular shape by taking hold of one or both ends and turning them.
      ‘she twisted her handkerchief into a knot’
      • ‘Amber has to get her gloves to twist them into a shape similar to the creature she likes.’
      • ‘Her dark tresses were twisted into an oddly shaped bun with two chopsticks sticking from them.’
      • ‘So Hunab Ku twisted the boughs into the shape of a man, and he breathed upon it and set it on Earth.’
      • ‘They twist a cloth into a doughnut shape and put it on their heads.’
      • ‘I tried again to twist my face into a shape that might suggest some sort of comprehension.’
      • ‘Though he's adept at twisting the sound of the guitar into any shape he likes, Abrahams is as interested in musical structure as he is in texture.’
      • ‘Sean says a good way to make the meal more romantic is to twist a piece of salmon into a rose shape, and place it on top of the mini-tower that the starter has become.’
      • ‘I don't show my power feats to them, but carry around these balloons, blow them and twist them into animal and bird shapes.’
      • ‘She wore a hint of false annoyance on her face, her fascinatingly shaped lips twisting themselves into a grimace.’
      • ‘The table napkin found its way into Mei-Feng's hands and had been twisted and turned into weird shapes.’
      • ‘Saturn's F-ring is being twisted into its contorted shape by the gravitational effect of the moon Prometheus.’
      • ‘A sneer twisted the woman's handsome features into something dark.’
      • ‘One of the joys of the radio show is Adams's pleasure in twisting language into all sorts of new and amusing shapes.’
      • ‘Nobody can teach the way he twists rambling phrases into musical stories.’
      • ‘He twists whatever he finds into new shapes without regard for the old ones.’
      • ‘The other three peered over his shoulder at the staff to see it was just like a small branch that had been twisted into a weird staff-like shape.’
      • ‘He held out a green piece of fruit that had been twisted into a spiral.’
      • ‘Tag along to yoga with your mom - twisting yourself into a pretzel couldn't be more of a change of pace.’
      • ‘Standing up, he twisted his right hand into the shape of a phone and waggled it in front of his ear.’
      • ‘Periodically I would look across to my friend and yoga-pal Sola, who would be twisting her slender body into poses I can only wince at, and feel rather inadequate.’
      wring, squeeze, knead
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    2. 1.2Turn or bend into a specified position or in a specified direction.
      ‘he grabbed the man and twisted his arm behind his back’
      • ‘Her face ached from the false smile that appeared on her lips, and her toe throbbed from being twisted in the wrong direction.’
      • ‘Every head in Madrid's packed Plaza de Toros was twisted in their direction.’
      • ‘And before he knew it, the pro had twisted him into positions he never thought possible.’
      • ‘His hand shot out and grabbed my arm, twisting me back painfully.’
      • ‘He instinctively grabbed the tumbling bag with outstretched arms, and it twisted him sharply to the right before striking his shins and feet.’
      • ‘The feline Juanjo twisted himself into a stable position from which to strike, but biffed his shot wide of the post.’
      • ‘Alex twisted both of his swords up into a self-protective X position and waited for the blow Zack would deliver.’
      • ‘She twisted herself into a sitting position, and from there, she managed to get up on her feet.’
      • ‘He grabbed hold of her right arm, twisting her around so she faced the wall and the arm was behind her.’
      • ‘She twisted him around to face her and crossed her arms in front of her chest.’
      • ‘I was still sitting; he was standing, his arms twisted behind his back.’
      • ‘But then, in my paintings, I started twisting branches upside down so that they became shapes lying into the landscape.’
      • ‘The eagle twists its head, looks me in the eye, and turns its regal beak back into the wind.’
      • ‘So when I started twisting the fruit around to loosen the membrane and subsequently pick out the seeds, Joey started pointing at me and laughing.’
      • ‘Hetty's form of the condition - spasmodic torticollis - causes the neck muscles to spasm twisting her neck to one side, which also affects the spine.’
      • ‘He blocked all three but struggled on the third because he was twisted in an odd position.’
      • ‘I flicked on the little lamp that has been twisted round to fit inside my bookshelf.’
      • ‘Would it be possible for the galleried seating area to be twisted around to make a feature of it as you walk into the chapel?’
      • ‘I was once again twisted around by the shoulders to face my arch nemesis.’
      • ‘The wafers are pressed against each other, slightly twisted at a precisely controlled angle and then bonded together to form a bi-crystal.’
    3. 1.3twist something offRemove something by pulling and rotating it.
      ‘beets can be stored once the leaves have been twisted off’
      • ‘Turning around, I twisted the top off my water bottle and took a quick swig from it as I walked into my room and sat down at the foot of the bed, which sunk down under my weight.’
      • ‘He pocketed the cigarettes and twisted the top off the thermos.’
      • ‘He twisted the lid off the marmalade and put it sticky-side-up beside the toaster.’
      • ‘I placed my hand on her wrist and twisted her grasp off my arm.’
      • ‘You try and twist the cap off until she hands you a bottle opener and you say thanks.’
      • ‘They move together back into the big part of the house, toward the kitchen, where Dave is twisting the cap off a beer.’
      • ‘Vicente will spend the day on a 12-foot ladder, pulling bunches of cherries from the tops of the trees, while Isabel twists the fruit off the branches below.’
      • ‘To take liquid out of one of Frank's dolls, D twisted the head off and poured the water out of the torso.’
      • ‘She twisted the flower off the stem and looked at the stem.’
      • ‘He quickly ran over to it and twisted the knob off.’
      • ‘To peel prawns, twist off their heads and pull off the ‘legs’.’
      • ‘Also remove any leaves that turn yellow or look damaged by twisting them off.’
      • ‘A couple of his men grabbed me this morning, I thought they were going to twist my head off.’
      • ‘I twisted my body off my bed so my feet would land on the carpeted floor.’
      • ‘Remove the silk, and then gently pull the husks back up, twisting the husks off at the top with twist ties.’
      • ‘He twisted the ring off his middle finger, and slumped down at the kitchen table, feeling the strain in his neck and arms.’
      • ‘In a few long strides, I've grabbed the doorknob and am about to twist the thing off, when I recognize the voice.’
      • ‘In other words, gearing is like leverage: You may not be able to grab a nut that's tight and twist it off with your bare hand, but the job becomes easy with a socket and a long ratchet.’
      • ‘Cut the leaves at the base of the plant, or pull the leaves off by gently pulling downwards and twisting them off - this will avoid disturbing the plant's root system.’
      • ‘She pulled the straw out and twisted her helmet off, revealing a teenage girl with round glasses, bobbed brown hair and bright smiling eyes.’
    4. 1.4no object Move one's body so that the shoulders and hips are facing in different directions.
      ‘she twisted in her seat to look at the buildings’
      • ‘During the reading, Huang Jingao kept twisting and moving his body, and appeared to be uncomfortable.’
      • ‘Her body begins to twist when she feels me on her shoulder.’
      • ‘I was twisting and flexing my body just to feel it move.’
      • ‘Turn by moving your whole body rather than by twisting at your waist.’
      • ‘When he talks, his body twists back and forth, creaking the swivel chair.’
      • ‘She was very pleased, and twisted and turned her body to get a better view.’
      • ‘Her body twisted around to face the tree and she turned to look up into the wide assortment of golden leaves.’
      • ‘The bearded figure twists to face us as he frees himself from one of the snakes.’
      • ‘That's right, when he makes that noise, it means yeah-that's-good, and when he twists that way, it means he's getting close to his limit.’
      • ‘Dr Brash reminds me of one of those plasticine stick men that we can bend and twist in any direction we want to put them in at any one time.’
      • ‘He unwrapped his arm from around the dog and twisted himself into a semi-sitting position.’
      • ‘The elevator entrance spiraled open behind Howard and he twisted in the opposite direction and almost jumped out of his skin.’
      • ‘Seth sighed and twisted himself to face me directly.’
      • ‘Lauren twisted herself around so she could look behind.’
      • ‘It tends to happen in ballet when landing large jumps, or in forms such as contact improvisation, in which the body twists while the foot stays in contact with the floor.’
      • ‘The rotation should come from your middle and your middle only, so anchor your hips and don't let them move as you twist.’
      • ‘He twists his tall, wiry frame and points downstream to where the roiling current is slamming into a stone wall.’
      • ‘Typically, this is where people tend to place too much pressure, such as lifting a heavy box, twisting to move a heavy load, or carrying a heavy object.’
      • ‘These muscle groups come into play when you are bending, twisting or straightening up your body.’
      • ‘Arti twisted herself in the direction of the voices, to find two ten year olds glaring at her.’
      turn, turn round, swivel, swivel round, skew, skew round, spin, spin round, pivot, rotate, revolve
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    5. 1.5no object, with adverbial Move in a wriggling or writhing fashion.
      ‘he twisted himself free’
      • ‘She squirmed and writhed and twisted, genuinely this time, but she was small anyway, and Sarah was strong, and so she wasn't going anywhere.’
      • ‘She tried to wriggle and twist around, but could only move fractionally.’
      • ‘The sea will rear up because Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent, is twisting and writhing in fury, making his way toward the land.’
      • ‘Zethus fought against his power valiantly, wriggling and twisting, but got little reward for his struggles, as he didn't move an inch.’
      • ‘He twisted and writhed in pain, his anger rising.’
      • ‘I twisted and twitched and writhed, but they wouldn't let me go.’
      • ‘I'm apparently tossing and turning in my uncomfortable sleep, moving here, twisting there.’
      • ‘Minutes later, she started to struggle again, pushing and pulling her arm, twisting and wriggling to try to get away.’
      • ‘Difficult to describe, the film contains a host of shifting shapes, such as dots and circles that wriggle and twist, as well as a recurring totem figure that is the most concrete element of the film.’
      • ‘Chaos lashed out with a foot, but Cecil had been waiting for the move, and twisted out of the way.’
      • ‘The robot methodically twisted and moved his limbs in noisy harmony to open the door.’
      • ‘The ground began another round of shaking, moving, and twisting.’
      • ‘Paul twisted, swivelled, danced and turned his way through some desperate tackles before pirouetting over the line in a mesmerising display of balance and control.’
      • ‘Samaras strikes hundreds of different poses, twisting and reshaping himself before the lenses of his various Polaroids.’
      • ‘Her body twisted and turned as nightmares filled her head and haunted her rest.’
      • ‘Their bodies twisted as each tried to wrest the weapon from the other's grasp.’
      • ‘Red flames danced, glowing, leaping and twisting, a haunting mix of black and red casting horrific patterns over the concrete.’
      • ‘As her tail sinks into the semifluid sand, she twists her body and drills herself downward until she is buried up to the pectoral fins.’
      • ‘Her body twisted and moved with such agility and grace that she managed to avoid most of the attacks that were issued her way.’
      • ‘Then, I started to move, twisting and twirling my body, starting in a dance that involved every muscle I had.’
      wriggle, writhe, squirm, worm, wiggle
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    6. 1.6Injure (a joint) by wrenching it.
      ‘he twisted his ankle trying to avoid his opponent's lunge’
      • ‘In attempting to play the shot, Lehmann twisted the injured left knee which he already had strapped and he obviously did further damage.’
      • ‘The Spaniard had a break point for a 3-1 lead in the first set when he twisted his right ankle after chasing a Sluiter forehand.’
      • ‘‘The real test will come in the New Year when I am running and twisting the knee but a week after the operation everything is going well,’ he said.’
      • ‘The 19-year-old limped from the fray in the first-half after twisting his ankle where the side of the Gay Meadow pitch met the surrounding track.’
      • ‘As she left the area where Mrs Scarrabelotti had tripped and broken her wrist, Terra tripped on another cracked part of the footpath, twisting her ankle.’
      • ‘There's a dead pain in the middle of my back, and I've twisted something or pulled something in my hip.’
      • ‘Knees were twisted, ankles pulled, vision checked, X-rays taken and blood drawn.’
      • ‘She stood for a moment, and massaged her neck where it was stiff after being twisted at an awkward angle all night.’
      sprain, wrench, turn, rick, crick
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    7. 1.7Distort or misrepresent the meaning of (words)
      ‘they twisted my words and made a mockery of me’
      • ‘I have been misquoted and my words have been twisted.’
      • ‘Being clear, and always conscious of whether my words could be twisted, was really important.’
      • ‘We seem to have a lot of sensible men in our laboratories at the moment but their words are being twisted and blown up in a quite irresponsible manner by the media.’
      • ‘Of this much I'm certain - Down will be absolutely furious when I tell him that his words have been twisted in this way.’
      • ‘He had twisted her response to his question and told her that even worse words could be twisted by others in court.’
      • ‘They have to deal with a thousand different ways in which their words may be twisted and perceived by people they have never met and who have no desire to meet them.’
      • ‘All that does is play into their strategy of twisting words and meanings until nothing means what it says any more.’
      • ‘He is forced to twist and bend the truth to justify his crimes.’
      • ‘Facts have either been twisted or not at all revealed.’
      • ‘Political fund-raising spam is still relatively rare, but it has already been twisted to fraudulent purposes.’
      • ‘What we should assure politicians is that we have no gain from twisting or distorting facts.’
      • ‘That's why I stopped talking, because I can see the press twisting whatever I say anyway.’
      • ‘While he lives in his own little world, he knows what is going on out there - even if he twists the information in his own warped way.’
      • ‘Rather then debate that process openly, the interviewer twists it into something else and lets others attack.’
      • ‘On the local and national front, we have another effort at twisting meanings and twisting history.’
      • ‘I have watched how words have been twisted, strewn and bent into whole other shapes by parts of the media.’
      • ‘John Q. tries to twists the discussion by effectively challenging us to prove that we're being consistent according to his definition.’
      • ‘Am I being too sensitive, or deliberately twisting his words?’
      distort, misrepresent, change, alter, pervert, falsify, warp, skew, put the wrong slant on, misinterpret, misconstrue, misstate, misquote, quote out of context, take out of context, misreport
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  • 2Cause to rotate around something that remains stationary; turn.

    ‘she twisted her ring around and around on her finger’
    • ‘Maybe if I twist this ring a little harder I'll get to imagine Kendall again.’
    • ‘Reaching in his back pocket, he pulled out the ring of keys and twisted the smallest one in the lock on his right cuff.’
    • ‘She adjusted the tiny screw at the top and twisted some more, still nothing came out.’
    • ‘She twisted and rotated around the bars with beauty and grace.’
    • ‘Rodriguez twisted a few of his rings around his fingers.’
    • ‘Someone who arrives nervously twisting a wedding ring may have marital problems; somebody who has clearly walked through the rain might face financial trouble.’
    • ‘And he was very, very nervous, and he kept twisting his hat around - you know, when gentlemen used to wear hats.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he rambles on the microphone just as often as he twists the knobs backstage.’
    • ‘Mr Gibbon twists the nail, attempting to drive it home.’
    • ‘She gently pushes out icing while twisting the nail.’
    • ‘Leave a small amount of space to allow the weak link to twist without the link-knife rotating with it.’
    • ‘And then the men began to come in, and Ælfwyn stepped forward, clasping her white hands together and twisting one of her rings as she waited.’
    • ‘Then she ran to the shop door, twisted the Open / Closed sign and began to lock and bolt it like a Colditz guard.’
    • ‘Max swore as he twisted the lock-pick in the keyhole impatiently, but the lock still refused to oblige.’
    • ‘Always twist wires together securely before twisting on the wire nut.’
    twiddle, adjust, turn, rotate, swivel
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    1. 2.1Wind around or through something.
      ‘I twisted a strand of hair around my finger’
      • ‘The pair were laughing loudly, Corrie twisting one of her curls around her finger.’
      • ‘Rochelle began twisting some of her hair around her finger, and I thought that she mustn't have been keeping tabs on me as well as she thought.’
      • ‘Cora toyed with her cloak, twisting the shining white fabric between her fingers while gazing up at the stars.’
      • ‘I stopped suddenly in front of the building and turned to Rob, twisting some of my hair around my finger.’
      • ‘I tilted my head to one side and started twisting my dirty blonde hair around my fingers.’
      • ‘She twisted one of those auburn hairs around her finger, looking nervously up at him.’
      • ‘He would always pick up my pen if I dropped it, and I loved the way he would twist his mousy brown hair around his fingers when he got nervous.’
      • ‘And his grip on my hand firmed, his fingers now curling and twisting over mine as he stood.’
      • ‘His hands traveled up his back and came to rest on the back of his head, his fingers twisted in the jet black locks.’
      • ‘Do you keep things inside and let them twist and wind inside you rather than let them out?’
      • ‘Her eyes were red from crying and her hands kept twisting her skirt unknowledgeably.’
      • ‘She gasped, sitting up in bed, her pajama shirt twisted around her body.’
      • ‘Cedric walks in straightening his shirt that was most likely twisted around his body from sitting awkwardly on the couch.’
      • ‘She wore a gown of grass and leaves that twisted about her body like ivy.’
      • ‘The dress she had worn on her date was wrinkled and twisted around her body, and her stockings had huge runs in them.’
      • ‘These have been due to either the release line twisting around the link knife, or wheat stubble becoming jammed in the ‘v’ of the blades.’
      • ‘I twisted one of the ringlets around my finger and pulled it making it bounce up and down.’
      • ‘The raging wind began to take shape, twisting and coiling before the man before coalescing into a staff.’
      • ‘Smoke rose from a hall in the roof and drifted with the wind, twisting and furling in on itself until you were unable to see it.’
      • ‘She twirled, slowly bringing her slender arms above her head while her sheer dress flowed in the breeze, twisting around her body.’
      wring, squeeze, knead
      wind, twirl, coil, curl, wrap
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    2. 2.2Move or cause to move around each other; interlace.
      ‘she twisted her hands together nervously’
      • ‘the machine twists together strands to make a double yarn’
      • ‘It was a butterfly, its wings made from fine strands of gold twisted together until they formed this delicate creature, so fine it seemed almost transparent.’
      • ‘He wore a button-down collared shirt; his locks had been neatly twisted and pinned back in a bun.’
      • ‘I'm just uselessly twisting a thousand things around in my head.’
      • ‘Our lives, I obsessively told myself, were twisted together by fate.’
      • ‘Many dark and bright threads are slowly twisted together.’
      • ‘Fraser and Grant's voices are the stars of the song, harmonizing and twisting around each other.’
      • ‘Thousands of tiny lines, all twisted together, constitute the clump of moss.’
      • ‘If you have ever looked at a network cable you will notice that the wires are arranged in pairs, and are twisted together.’
      • ‘With the pliers, he twists two more wires together, and the device is complete.’
      • ‘Her fingers twisted themselves into a knot as her mind began to race with her thoughts.’
      • ‘The locks of hair had twisted themselves into ringlets, and they looked like they would suffocate her if left untamed.’
      • ‘The hilt had vines and snakes twisting together in intricate designs.’
      • ‘DNA is a very long molecule, composed of two strands twisted around each other to produce the famous double helix.’
      • ‘Maisy, meanwhile, was twisting wild dandelions together to make a kind of chain.’
      • ‘The pillars twisted around each other then spread out at the top to support a long, triangular roof that had strange runes carved into it.’
      • ‘This book may not be to all tastes, but a curious reader will find many intellectual strands twisted together here, most likely in unusual patterns.’
      • ‘She looked up at him as he twisted the two streamers together and taped them in a sort of upside down McDonald's sign above the window.’
      • ‘Her hair was snowy white, tipped in black, twisted together in clumps to resemble feathers and pulled up out of her face with a black strip of leather.’
      • ‘Liz hands me a package of Kleenex from her purse, and I twist a few together, running them under the unsteady stream of ice cold water.’
      • ‘I go into mass-production here, using a fork made from strands of fencing wire twisted together at one end and spread open at the other to form a circle of prongs.’
      intertwine, twine, entwine, interlace, weave, plait, interweave, braid, wreathe, coil, wind
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    3. 2.3Make (something) by interlacing or winding strands together.
      ‘he could twist a rope strong enough to hold a mule’
      • ‘The thread is twisted by attaching loose strands to the top of the spindle, then rolling the spindle along the thigh to start it spinning.’
      • ‘You may also twist a cord out of yarn, or use i-cord.’
      • ‘With remainder of yarn, twist a cord or crochet a chain cord.’
      intertwine, twine, entwine, interlace, weave, plait, interweave, braid, wreathe, coil, wind
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    4. 2.4no object Take or have a winding course.
      ‘the road twisted through a dozen tiny villages’
      • ‘The corner of her eye caught the yellow bus as it came down the long road, twisting and winding, stopping here and there to pick up children that also attended school.’
      • ‘Below, another less obvious route twists off slyly to the south.’
      • ‘The rim snakes and twists and after a while it's easy to lose your bearings in an unfamiliar place.’
      • ‘His lines curve and twist, zig and zag, constantly delighting the eye but never losing form.’
      • ‘Then the trail would stop winding and twisting, and would level off and widen.’
      • ‘At this point, the Apaches split up from each other and dropped down to ground level where they began to move forward, twisting around dunes.’
      • ‘Lowering his quill once more, the ink trailed in a continuous line, curving and twisting on the paper.’
      • ‘Claire realised too late what had happened when the ride started and she was violently shaken as the roller-coaster looped upside down and twisted around sharp bends at high speed.’
      • ‘The palace where this wild party occurs is oddly arranged, however, with a series of seven rooms that twist and wind beyond the view of the other.’
      • ‘Alsonte was floating down a river of memories, twisting and winding.’
      • ‘We would bump and twist along narrow roads, their surfaces deeply grooved by hardened tire tracks.’
      • ‘The road twisted and hairpinned and climbed, but as scary mountain passes go, it was pretty tame.’
      • ‘South of Keri, the road twists past paddy fields, prawn farms and rural hamlets towards Arambol.’
      • ‘The paths lead on forever and ever, winding and twisting and weaving in circles until you don't know east from west nor north from south.’
      • ‘The main road twisted and turned through the collection of houses and shops in a boa-like manner.’
      • ‘The road twisted and turned up and around the mountains, and soon I was surrounded by thick forest.’
      • ‘They twisted and turned down winding maze paths, never being able to tell if they were lost or going on the right path, blindly guessing.’
      • ‘We climbed through tough canyon country, the road bucking and twisting between coastal oaks and mountain laurel.’
      • ‘The small group sat in silence as Alex negotiated the roads, twisting in and out through the traffic, which was unusually heavy this evening.’
      • ‘For instance, you need only drive a few miles out from Benidorm to discover narrow mountain roads that twist through pine forests.’
      wind, bend, curve, turn, meander, weave, zigzag, swerve, loop, corkscrew, snake, worm
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  • 3no object Dance the twist.

    ‘The dancing couples twisted and turned, dancing until they got dizzy and sat down for a drink.’
    • ‘If you can listen to either one's music without starting to twist, frug or jerk, you seriously need a soul implant.’
    • ‘He took my hand and held my waist as we danced across the floor, twisting and twirling.’
    • ‘Demise twisted and weaved in the air, dancing peculiarly.’
    • ‘She twisted, spiraled, and danced through the air with such feral pleasure that Asgard couldn't help but smile as he watched her.’
    • ‘In the back of the ballroom, spidery arms and legs twist and move to the music.’
    • ‘He clasped his hands together and twisted excitedly.’
    • ‘His legs were askew as he spun, twirled, and twisted, a strange dance of confusion.’
    • ‘She spun, twisted, and moved her body to the music, even as it continued to go faster.’
  • 4British informal Cheat; defraud.

    • ‘For those of you who lied, twisted, cheated and bullied until the least worst choice available to me was to close the site, congratulations.’
    • ‘'We are only talking about a small number of cases, but every so often we get a claim from someone who is simply trying to twist money out of an insurance company, or a benefits organisation, or is trying to cover up some other crime they have committed.’



/twist/ /twɪst/


  • 1An act of turning something so that it moves in relation to something that remains stationary.

    ‘the taps needed a single twist to turn them on’
    • ‘If people want easy listening, they can find it with a twist of their dial.’
    • ‘Finally he managed to shove the key in the slot and gave it a violent twist, jerked the door open, and dove in, expecting the man to grab him or possibly pull a gun.’
    • ‘He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson's astonishment, the engine roared to life.’
    • ‘A quick-adjust mechanism on the rear of the lid helps provide on-the-fly adjustment with a twist of the dial.’
    • ‘He gave it a quarter twist and it sprang open into a bow a half meter long.’
    • ‘It can be switched from rear drive to high or low range four-wheel-drive with a twist of a fascia-mounted knob.’
    • ‘Eno could summon cathedrals out of matchbooks with a few twists of the studio knobs.’
    • ‘She gave the cork a sharp twist with a silver corkscrew; it came out on the first try.’
    • ‘Angrily, she gave the knob a twist and pushed open the door, shutting and locking it quickly behind her to keep her mother out.’
    • ‘The wire was then given a full twist to form a fully secure loop.’
    • ‘Fit is accommodated by the usual straps with the addition of the wonderful keylock, which lets you adjust strap length with the quick twist of a knob.’
    • ‘Each Plug Depot holds 500 pairs of earplugs and rests on a sturdy Plug Base that dispenses earplugs one at a time with a twist of a knob.’
    • ‘Fortunately Walker is always just a knob twist away from another saving grace.’
    • ‘Then I heard the twist of the doorknob and the door shutting slowly.’
    • ‘Dozens of attachments are now available for all kinds of light and heavy machinery that can be converted at the flip of a switch or the twist of a pin.’
    • ‘With a quick twist of his fingers, he sealed the mouth of the balloon.’
    • ‘Ms. Power clearly stated that the wrench was to make the final twist and that the line assembly person would have to hear the click.’
    • ‘Finally, with a quick twist, she wrenched his sword out of his hand, and sent it flying.’
    • ‘He chalks the tip of his cue with methodical twists of the wrist.’
    • ‘You can make a Möbius band by gluing together the two ends of a long strip of paper after giving one end a half twist.’
    turn, twirl, spin, rotation, roll
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    1. 1.1An act of turning one's body or part of one's body.
      ‘with a sudden twist, she got away from him’
      • ‘Why just do lunges when you can do a lunge and a torso twist?’
      • ‘The gentle back bends and twists soothe lower back pain, improve digestion, and clear your thinking.’
      • ‘It wasn't so much that I was going fast, as that I did many acrobatic twists as I slid down the hill.’
      • ‘Hold position, then come out of twist smoothly; change foot and leg positions, and repeat twist to the other side.’
      • ‘The gradual twist of the body may be likened to certain movements in nature, such as that of a vine winding itself around a tree.’
      • ‘Though a relatively recent convert to card playing, Vincent has mastered all the tokens required, winking, nodding, tongue twists and body gyrations.’
      • ‘Hu rallied to win on his last dive, a backward double somersault with one twist.’
      • ‘Clive Francis, as the Aunt, created the illusion of an old woman by a twist of the body and the turn of the head and one believed in it.’
      • ‘This yoga twist often relieves pressure in low back discs with a pop!’
      • ‘With a complex twist of his wrist he tossed the bhaji onto a plate and it accelerated after the bounce so quickly that he hardly had time to parry it with his knife.’
      • ‘They were the only pair to perform jumps with a quadruple twist and a triple Riedberger, as well as a spin with a jump.’
      • ‘Performers would then dive into the water from the swing, embellishing their dives with graceful twists and spins, when the swing reached its highest point.’
      • ‘With a yell and a half twist, I spiralled off the ground with my sword to the side, the blade catching the fire.’
      • ‘I start with trunk twists - twisting my upper body from side to side for 30 seconds, elbows in, fists up, hips steady.’
      • ‘With a firm twist of her body, Oren got herself spiraling toward the ground at a crazy angle.’
      • ‘With a twist of his body, Vince turned so that his left leg was now resting on top of the broken wall of stone.’
      • ‘Morgeta squats down and with the twist of her upper body with her arms extended halfway out, she causes the boulders around her to fly off the ground in a circular pattern.’
      • ‘He swung the spear so that the staff rested against his back, his right hand held onto the part sticking out to his right, and when he got close to the block he gave a twist of his body, cutting through it with the spear at his side.’
      • ‘Stoney Point's bipod uses a very clever, patented locking mechanism so you can change the length with a twist of the wrist.’
      • ‘She looked outward, and could just make out a two-legged, tramping shape making little twists and rolls ahead of her.’
    2. 1.2the twistA dance with a twisting movement of the body, popular in the 1960s.
      ‘lets do the twist’
      • ‘But I told Quentin that there were other dances other than the twist.’
      • ‘They stood up, sang Twist and Shout, danced the twist, going up and down.’
      • ‘The entire crowd was in a constant groove, heads bopping and legs kicking up doing the twist, swing dancing, and just plain old quaking and shaking.’
      • ‘The description of him dancing the twist with his wife in an effort to come to terms with the New World Order is almost too sad to contemplate.’
      • ‘Twist is an effort to document the twist dance craze that starts off with some promise, but eventually goes off the rails.’
      • ‘Did the twist signal the end of Western civilization?’
      • ‘It was a crazy record: it had instructions on how to do the twist on the back of it, about how you dance and where you put your feet.’
      • ‘Play your favorite music and dance: Move your feet, move your body, add a waltz, do the twist.’
      • ‘Back in the 1960's my favorite uncle taught me how to do the twist.’
      • ‘I think I was more willing to do the twist like an overweight John Travolta than do that time warp thing from the other movie.’
    3. 1.3The extent of twisting of a rod or other object.
      ‘This high degree of twist, although common in ophiacodontids, represents the upper limit recorded for pelycosaurs.’
      • ‘The mechanism of facilitated melting probably involves the conversion of supercoils to changes in twist.’
      • ‘You can make a simple model of it by joining the ends of a long, narrow strip of paper after giving one end a 180-degree twist.’
      • ‘Take a rectangular strip of paper and join the two ends of the strip together so that it has a 180 degree twist.’
      • ‘The fineness of the fibers, spun with a high degree of twist, gives the yarn a springy resilience.’
      • ‘Generally, the more twist in the carpet yarns, the more spring, which hides footprints.’
      • ‘If you tend to roll excessively the lengthways twist of the shoe should be minimal, otherwise your foot will roll even more and this could possibly lead to shin pain and knee problems.’
      • ‘The perfect rug will have just the right combination of density, twist and fiber.’
      • ‘Another factor in a quality rug is the twist level or the number of twists in 1 inch length of fiber.’
    4. 1.4Force producing twisting; torque.
      ‘Even though the ejector gets smacked with every shot there's no torque or twist involved so ejectors normally last forever.’
      • ‘He attributes that to having a lot of torque, twist and turn in his body and lots of flexibility in his arm, shoulder and elbow.’
      • ‘The very expanse of his sentences, their twist and torque, is an American dream of plenitude.’
    5. 1.5Forward motion combined with rotation about an axis.
      ‘The mean and standard deviations of propeller twist, roll, and slide values at each step are listed in Tables 1 and 2.’
      • ‘The next part was a flurry of movement - block, parry, thrust, twist, turn, step.’
      • ‘Gliding and floating, soaring and diving, every twist and turn makes the hairs on my arms stand on end and a shiver tremble down my spine.’
      • ‘The plane can do sudden twists when you least expect it and if your flying low don't be surprised to plow into a building or similar obstacle.’
      • ‘The thought of performing turns and twists which subject the body to six times the force of gravity might be enough to make the strongest stomach turn over.’
      • ‘From barrel rolls and 180 twists to death-defying building leaps and extreme stacks, Stuntman promises to be quite an adrenaline rush.’
      turn, twirl, spin, rotation, roll
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    6. 1.6The rifling in the bore of a gun.
      ‘barrels with a 1:24 inch twist’
      • ‘You have to coordinate your eyeball with your hand to compensate for the rifling twist, but it's not hard to learn.’
      • ‘A tab on the shroud engaged a small slot in the frame to prevent it from turning and the rifling twist made everything self tightening.’
      • ‘This allows a tight brush or patch to correctly follow the rifling twist for better cleaning.’
      • ‘The heavier bullet necessitated a change in rifling twist.’
      • ‘Lymam NEI and SAECO offer a variety of 500 to 600 grain bullet designs for the faster twists found in modern barrels.’
  • 2A thing with a spiral shape.

    ‘a licorice twist’
    • ‘The tapered open twists and interwoven spirals of the fire screen shown in Plate IX also appear on an umbrella stand that was part of the Wanamaker display.’
    • ‘The bed itself was framed in dark ebony, its dusky twists spiraling towards the ceiling, while the rest of the room was swathed in black and shades of maroon and blood red.’
    • ‘The unit pictured has a spiral twist, first bent around a big tin can, then a smaller one and then an even smaller one for smooth curves.’
    • ‘Outline roof with licorice twists, fill in with white chewing gum shingles, and star and cinnamon candies.’
    • ‘So when I need a little sugary fix, I always knew that I could stop by my mother's house and grab a licorice twist or peppermint patty.’
    • ‘Essentially a linear artist, she loved twists, creases and seams.’
    • ‘The sky seemed to have turned gray in minutes and the clouds shifted from north to west with undesirable twists.’
    • ‘It's a beveled, prismatic acrylic formed into a twist.’
    • ‘Chef Patrice Caillot shows us some unconventional sweet twists using wonton wrappers both steamed and fried.’
    • ‘The channel has a slight helical twist following the secondary structure of larger maltodextrins.’
    • ‘The simple scenes of Jack chewing strawberry twists, eating jawbreakers and puzzling over why he's being chased give this otherwise flat movie some level of cuteness.’
    • ‘Her eyes followed the winding twists and the curls of smoke as the sky broke open to the ocean beneath.’
    • ‘Bubble letters, arcs and twists can also be artistically arranged and now instantly viewed.’
    • ‘The clouds raced overhead, full of energy, generating circles and twists, but not coming to anything and not promising anything dramatic in the way of a whirlwind.’
    • ‘The Rio Hotel in Las Vegas is one of the places that use corkscrew twists.’
    • ‘Leigh was wearing a copper-colored dress that made her curly hair look like twists of copper wire.’
    • ‘After they entered the shell, they settled down amongst the shell's twists and curves.’
    ringlet, curl, corkscrew, coil
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    1. 2.1A curled piece of lemon peel used to flavor a drink.
      ‘she drank vodka and tonic with a twist of lemon’
      • ‘Strain into the glasses and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.’
      • ‘The old standby of orange or lemon twists are available year-round, which helps to account for their popularity.’
      • ‘Breathe fresh air, walk and drink room temperature water adding a twist of lemon.’
      • ‘One of the techniques she has taught her bartenders is the flaming of lemon and orange twists.’
      • ‘Take your Good Grips zester, and using the notch on the side, make a twist from the lemon rind.’
      • ‘Strain into a large, chilled Martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.’
      • ‘Garnishes have moved beyond the simple wedge of lime or twist of lemon peel.’
      • ‘Instead I'll make one up: Chateau Parerre Fantoinette with a twist of lemon.’
      • ‘Squeeze the lemon twist over the surface, then drop it into the glass.’
      • ‘Flavored sparkling waters are also delicious served with a twist of lemon.’
      • ‘I stumbled downstairs for another cup, in which I took half a twist of lemon and a spoonful of honey.’
      • ‘Jack picked his poison, a straight scotch with a twist of lemon, and planted himself on a nearby stool.’
      • ‘Anything more than a green olive or a twist of lemon and it's a salad.’
      • ‘Slightly acidic solutions are strong salivary stimulants, which might explain why a twist of lemon is perceived as a valuable addition to aperitifs.’
      • ‘However, the ending is rewarding with a surprise twist… a lemon twist.’
      • ‘Grill small sardines on the open grill and serve with a twist of lemon and a healthy shake of freshly ground black pepper.’
      • ‘The days when you can buy a ‘double de-caf skinny hazelnut latté with a twist of lemon and two brown sugars’ in a can may soon be upon us.’
      • ‘Small in size, each portion provided six fish whose taste was nicely balanced with a lemon twist.’
      • ‘Serve immediately strained into frozen martini glass and garnish with lemon twist or olive.’
      • ‘Even the espresso was note - perfect, with its mini lemon twist.’
  • 3A distorted shape.

    ‘he had a cruel twist to his mouth’
    • ‘William's eyebrows shot up in bewilderment, and there was a twist in his mouth that nearly resembled an astonished droop.’
    • ‘His mouth had a wry twist to it as if he took everything with a heavy dose of sarcasm.’
    • ‘There is a twist to the corner of her mouth as she replies.’
    • ‘It was just a slight twist at the corner of his mouth, and the hint of a groove between his brows, but it was there.’
    • ‘She grinned at him teeth a blaring white against the dark twist of her lips, otherwise cruel.’
    • ‘Francesca watched with a covert twist of amusement to her mouth as Mrs Longton took a brief pause and lifted the cup to her tired lips.’
    • ‘Michael's expression was unreadable, but the twist to his lips gave Marcus the impression that he had guessed what was wrong.’
    • ‘But he merely blinked to rid himself of the hypnotizing glare, and the twist of the smirk was back on his face again.’
    • ‘But his quick wink, the twist on his lips, the merriment of success as a glint in his eyes, told her specifically who.’
    • ‘You see, he says with a sudden twist to his mouth, not quite a smile, I have thought of everything.’
    • ‘Her skin was bronze and her hair was black, straight, and always in some odd style, be it hundreds of braids or two pigtails put in odd twists and knots.’
    • ‘Her lips curled up in a sardonic twist that would have made a mortal shriek with agony.’
    • ‘It was initially feared that McNamara had broken his ankle, but a scan has revealed a bad twist and ligament strain.’
    contortion, contorted shape, distorted shape
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    1. 3.1An unusual feature of a person's personality, typically an unhealthy one.
      ‘her lack of considerateness is a personality twist which could bring her problems’
      • ‘The actors bring such unique twists to these characters, and we have such complex characters, that that's the fun of writing the show.’
      • ‘But I come to the conclusion that sometimes failure gives an interesting twist to a person.’
      quirk, idiosyncrasy, foible, eccentricity, peculiarity, oddity, kink
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  • 4A point at which something turns or bends.

    ‘the car negotiated the twists and turns of the mountain road’
    • ‘In certain parts, the water was flowing extremely fast and there are lots of twists and bends.’
    • ‘Quite the opposite, in fact, as it responded immediately when it came to powering out of the twists and bends of the lanes of the Cartmel Peninsular.’
    • ‘Silence fills the car as he maneuvers around the twists and bends of the road, turning left on Main, which is much brighter.’
    • ‘The bends and twists, the potholes and the flooding were all cited as major drawbacks for motorists.’
    • ‘In addition, the path to the hospital area was down a stairwell with several twists or bends, which took additional time and effort given the difficulty in transporting him.’
    • ‘The colorful graphics are sufficient, the diverse musical score is fantastic, and the plot is loaded with mysterious twists and bends.’
    • ‘After another series of twists and bends, the corridor widened into a room.’
    • ‘Familiar bends and twists in the hallway lead her past cubbyholes and labs of other Engletech researchers, including the bemused Thatcher.’
    • ‘What was once mostly a two-lane road with more than its fair share of twists and bends will eventually be a four-lane highway with slow bending curves.’
    • ‘The bends and twists in the chain of amino acids are different.’
    • ‘He followed Kyle through multiple twists and bends in the track as they sped along.’
    • ‘There's no discernible twist or bend in it whatsoever - it feels like a fully roll-caged race car.’
    • ‘Revitalised, he too bludgeoned a brief and spectacular change in momentum in the last hour before, as sure as bend follows twist, he handed it back.’
    • ‘There was the subtle twist of a planetary orbit here, the tiny bending of a beam of starlight there.’
    • ‘There is no suggestion of a pronounced twist in the ventral margin of the jaw of Hynerpeton like that seen in Densignathus.’
    • ‘Then the road got worse, the shade diminished allowing the sun to beat down mercilessly, and the gradient steepened as the corkscrew twists became sharper and sharper.’
    • ‘Now the vehicle descends, again through numerous hair raising turns and twists.’
    • ‘The route is lined with a variety of ferns and striking sandstone formations and is not for the timid; sudden twists hide cliffs.’
    • ‘The ride and handling is on par with the class leaders, and it is very surefooted in tight road twists - even while carrying a heavy load.’
    • ‘However, when it is cut, you end up with a loop of paper that has an even number of twists, which, when cut again, ends up as two interlocked rings (try it out).’
    bend, curve, turn, zigzag, loop, kink, dog-leg
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    1. 4.1An unexpected development of events.
      ‘it was soon time for the next twist of fate in his extraordinary career’
      • ‘The second half of the show is filled with unexpected and clever plot twists, as well as a marked shift in tone.’
      • ‘His stories are accompanied by a strange twist of the supernatural.’
      • ‘And in a serendipitous twist of fate, he is now in a position to offer my band discounted studio time at a local recording studio.’
      • ‘But in a terrible twist of fate, the disease she has worked so hard to find a cure for has now come to haunt her.’
      • ‘The book zips by with twists, murders and sudden encounters.’
      • ‘The newly formed friendship is severely tested and I won't give the ending away, but it is indeed an astonishing twist of fate for all three men.’
      • ‘Be prepared to laugh, cringe and cry as the play slips from the anarchical to the downright grotesque and be prepared for an unexpected twist at the end.’
      • ‘Yesterday's verdict was originally expected in December but was repeatedly delayed by fresh, and increasingly strange, twists in the case.’
      • ‘In a strange twist of irony, this very narrowing down of themes may result in a wider audience.’
      • ‘His life had taken so many strange turns, twists and almost acrobatic tumbles.’
      • ‘The debate was an unexpected twist for the rave community, which was finally feeling optimistic about the proposed bylaw amendments after years of waiting for them.’
      • ‘Ellen is not even a quarter-time medium but they end up uncovering a family secret at the end, so it's a play with a double twist to it.’
      • ‘In a strange twist in the tale the wheeler-dealer will pay a terrible price for this unrequited love.’
      • ‘At times, the plot twists sound as if they've been generated by a Hollywood scribe, a fact that amuses Koenig.’
      • ‘An unexpected twist of fate would change the course of his life.’
      • ‘When you seem to be pandering to an audience with a slender attention span, then it's unrealistic to expect character development, clever plot twists or edge-of-seat tension.’
      • ‘In a strange twist of irony, players who played the past year overseas say they are too worn down to participate, while players who didn't play claim they are nowhere near game shape.’
      • ‘The movie itself is an instant classic with yet again amazing visuals, dialogue, twists, action sequences, performances, and sound track.’
      • ‘So, as to not spoil the movie, I will only tell you that it concludes with an unexpected twist.’
      • ‘The film holds a few surprises - not in clichéd twists, but in unexpected plot developments that make the film more compelling.’
      convolution, complication, complexity, intricacy
      development, turn of events, incident, happening, occurrence
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    2. 4.2A new treatment or outlook; a variation.
      ‘she takes conventional subjects and gives them a twist’
      • ‘So far, all we've really had are variations on and interesting twists on the sound that was introduced to us on the debut record.’
      • ‘The pentagonal doors define the look of the Zaroot with its front and rear graphic treatment adding a futuristic twist.’
      • ‘Here's one added twist: Drink two glasses of water before each meal.’
      • ‘An inn with a twist - each room is furnished in a regional theme (the Denmark room has a steam sauna).’
      • ‘The final touch was a new twist for me: lime sugar - grated peel (enough to add color as well as flavor) mixed with sugar.’
      • ‘The humous's lemon infusion was an inspired twist, while the vegetables were pretty much as you'd expect.’
      • ‘Here he takes the traditional polyphonic form of church music and gives it a modern twist, with unexpected endings and harmonies.’
      • ‘I slumped into the bench and played something with dissonant notes and unexpected twists to match the room around me.’
      • ‘White also stopped planning weddings and made her specialty in providing corporate affairs events with a twist.’
      • ‘This lucid, pioneering work examines important new twists in the changing landscape of 21st-century warfare.’
      • ‘The film can be seen as a twist on Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman and The Wedding Banquet.’
      • ‘I added a little twist and got this lovely piece of literary work.’
      • ‘The list covers classics, such as the Mint Julep, which is given a presentation twist by serving it in a silver goblet.’
      • ‘The love affair between the student and the pub is set to take a new twist at a Kendal tavern which has come under new ownership.’
      • ‘Ainsley gives chips a refreshing and funky twist with a lemon and garlic chip recipe.’
      • ‘The palate freshener was a sorbet, but in another radical twist, instead of lemon or fruit, this was a tomato based sorbet.’
      • ‘I like it when bands put a different twist on well-known pieces at live shows, but, yeah, completely distorting a hit is not the way to get your fans up and dancing.’
      • ‘The idea represents a global twist on what media companies have been doing on a national scale for several decades.’
      • ‘Canary Wharf Station offered an interesting twist to the design of the cubicles.’
      • ‘It sounds unusual, but it tasted great; a meaty, comforting pasta dish given a twist by a substantial infusion of whisky.’
      • ‘This 5-panel, high-profile cap with a twist features a flashlight in the crown of the cap.’
      interpretation, slant, outlook, angle, approach, treatment
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  • 5A fine strong thread consisting of twisted strands of cotton or silk.

    ‘Then use some thick yellow thread - I buy a type of thread called buttonhole twist - to hem all along the folded seam.’
    • ‘To stabilize a buttonhole, cord it with buttonhole twist, gimp or elastic thread.’
    • ‘In stockinette stitch with a twist of double rib and a pretty gusset stitch in super soft 4 ply.’
    • ‘Did you know that the way that you wrap the yarn around the needle can affect the twist and cause the fabric to bias or that continental style knitting can aggravate carpal tunnel syndrome?’
  • 6British A drink consisting of two ingredients mixed together.

    ‘Mo couldn't contain herself any longer, and covered her smirk with a twist of gin and bitter lemon.’
    • ‘This is a recipe for Lemonberry Twist, with raspberry schnapps, vodka and lemonade.’
    • ‘House infused black currant tea vodka puts a berry twist on a classic cocktail with Kaluha and cream.’
  • 7A carpet with a tightly curled pile.

    ‘This is a very nice piece of blue twist carpet.’
    • ‘I want it to be soft to touch (preferably wool), a twist carpet (so that every single bit of dirt doesn't show up - dogs and kids) and not too expensive.’



/twist/ /twɪst/


    twist in the wind
    • Be left in a state of suspense or uncertainty.

      ‘rather than giving clear public guidance, politicians let NATO commanders twist in the wind’
      • ‘The court case that had been planned to start in April 2004 was abandoned, leaving the parents concerned twisting in the wind.’
      • ‘During all this, the victim's families have been left twisting in the wind, denied anything close to the truth they will need in order to begin the process of closure.’
      • ‘There is no such thing as a plot - just five linear lives twisting in the wind.’
      • ‘He was left to twist in the wind while the press glorified his editor for having some second thoughts about the explosive articles.’
      • ‘Then along came foot and mouth - and people deserted the countryside in their droves, leaving many rural businesses that rely on tourism to twist in the wind.’
      • ‘Job candidates are left twisting in the wind, overqualified for the positions that are available, and unable to find leadership positions where they can effect the real changes necessary to protect stakeholders' interests.’
      • ‘What they made of the script was just plain bad, and that left good actors twisting in the wind.’
      • ‘There were certain projects that I was right in the middle of and that I really hate to leave twisting in the wind.’
      • ‘By not instructing on this matter Stevenson, for his own artistic purposes, leaves us, like Jopp, twisting in the wind.’
      • ‘Better to know for sure than to twist in the wind.’
    twist someone's arm
    • Persuade someone to do something that they are or might be reluctant to do.

      • ‘I've twisted his arm and he'll get you some tickets’
      • ‘If you twisted my arm and forced me to predict the winner, I'd probably go with the Patriots, for pretty much the same reasons everyone else is picking them.’
      • ‘Did she do that on her own, was she forced to do it, was somebody twisting her arm?’
      • ‘What you understand is they would do just about anything to have the freedom to believe what they wanted to believe and not have anyone twisting their arm.’
      • ‘‘Community work is compulsive for me - no one's twisting my arm to do the work except myself,’ Val said.’
      • ‘The next thing we knew, Radio 4 was on the phone and twisted our arm into an interview quickly followed by loads of others.’
      • ‘Having sang the song at a session on the Saturday night before the World Cup started, a few people twisted my arm to record it for use on radio.’
      • ‘They enjoyed it so much last year they twisted my arm to let them do it again.’
      • ‘A friend of mine who's in charge of organising the conference twisted my arm into being the speaker at the opening session on Friday evening: straight after arrival and dinner.’
      • ‘‘I never really liked playing tennis, but three weeks ago Sarah twisted my arm,’ she says.’
      • ‘When Victoria was in New York recently, she went to see the Jacob and Co designer to twist his arm so he'd donate something for the auction.’
    twists and turns
    • Intricate or convoluted dealings or circumstances.

      ‘the twists and turns of her political career’
      • ‘However all is not quite as it seems, and the audience is taken on a journey of twists and turns, with laughs and a few surprises along the way.’
      • ‘While still faithful to traditional music, Ryan introduced some twists and turns of his own.’
      • ‘This play has all the twists and turns, unexpected revelations and dark secrets you would expect from a good thriller.’
      • ‘There are so many intricate details and twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout this film.’
      • ‘These days, she is sanguine about the twists and turns of her career.’
      • ‘A writer has to grow with the twists and turns of history, with the vitality that permeates life.’
      • ‘It's how we face the twists and turns in our life that determine our future.’
      • ‘The story is interesting and there are enough twists and turns to keep the plot moving.’
      • ‘For all of the deliberate twists and turns, the film's action is little more than aimless.’
      • ‘This film has so many twists and turns and you will either be on the edge of your seat or be totally confused by the end of the film.’


Old English (as a noun), of Germanic origin; probably from the base of twin and twine. Current verb senses date from late Middle English.