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twist someone's arm
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: twists, twisting, twisted
definition 1: to combine by winding (two or more threads) together in order to produce a single thread.
Machines twist wires together to make cable.
intertwine, plait, splice, twine
similar words:
braid, entwine, interlace, interweave, knot
definition 2: to wind, coil, or weave (something) around something else.
She twisted her hair around her finger.
coil, twine, wind
similar words:
lace, loop, roll, wrap, wreathe
definition 3: to make into a coil or spiral.
He twisted the wire into a spring.
coil, curl, spiral
similar words:
bend, convolute, kink, roll, swirl, turn, twirl, warp, wreathe
definition 4: to turn in a circular motion.
She twisted the door handle and entered the room.You can twist the cap to open the bottle.
rotate, turn
similar words:
pivot, revolve, spin, swivel, wind, wrench
definition 5: to bend or turn (one thing) in opposite directions so that parts of the same thing are turned away from each other.
He twisted the towel to get the excess water out.Keep your hips facing forward and twist your body as you look behind you.
definition 6: to alter the shape of; disfigure.
Grief twisted her face.
contort, distort, screw, torture
similar words:
bend, deform, disfigure, misshape, mutilate, warp, wrench
definition 7: to misconstrue or deliberately distort the meaning of.
You twisted my words; you know that's not what I meant.
distort, misconstrue, misinterpret, pervert, wrench
similar words:
bend, color, fudge, garble, gloss, misrepresent, slant, varnish, warp, whitewash
definition 8: to wrench or sprain.
I twisted my ankle.
sprain, turn, wrench
similar words:
disjoint, dislocate, jerk, wrest, yank
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become or be intertwined.
The stems twisted until we couldn't tell which plant was which.
entwine, interlace, intertwine, interweave
similar words:
interlock, knot, tangle
definition 2: to wind or wrap around an object.
The ivy twisted around the drain pipe.
coil, spiral, twine, wind, wrap
similar words:
convolute, twirl
definition 3: to squirm or writhe.
His body twisted in pain.
squirm, writhe
similar words:
contort, wiggle, wriggle
definition 4: to turn in order to face another direction.
The river twisted through the mountains.
similar words:
about-face, pirouette, pivot, revolve, rotate, swivel, twirl, wheel, whirl
definition 5: to change shape or form as the result of having been twisted.
The tree branches twisted into knots.
contort, warp
similar words:
bend, curl, deform
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phrase: twist someone's arm
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something twisted or made into a spiral, such as a piece of yarn or thread, a citrus peel, or tobacco leaves.
She likes her martini with a twist of lemon.
braid, coil, curl, plait, spiral, twine, twirl
similar words:
convolution, hank, kink, knot, rope, screw, tangle, whorl, yarn
definition 2: the act or process of twisting; rotation.
She gave the lid a twist.
revolution, rotation, turn, wind
similar words:
curl, roll, spin, swirl, twirl, wrench
definition 3: a wrench or sprain, esp. of a muscle.
This twist will need some time to heal.
sprain, wrench
similar words:
jerk, strain, yank
definition 4: a sudden or unexpected change in an otherwise predictable or even pattern.
We were surprised by the plot twist at the end of the film.
caprice, surprise
similar words:
change, quirk, skew, swerve, turn, veer, whim, whimsy
definition 5: a peculiarity or odd mannerism.
This is simply an odd twist in his personality.
eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, oddness, peculiarity, quirk, warp
similar words:
crotchet, kink, mannerism, oddity
definition 6: a misrepresentation or distortion of something.
His twist of her words incensed her.
distortion, misrepresentation, perversion, wrench
similar words:
bias, slant, warp
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derivations: twistable (adj.), twistedly (adv.), twistingly (adv.), twistability (n.)
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