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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
twist (someone's) arm
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: twists, twisting, twisted
definition 1: to bend or turn (a single thing) in opposite directions so that parts of this 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 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 turn, sometimes repeatedly, so that part of one's body faces in one direction and the other faces the other direction.
I twisted in my seat in order to see the people behind me.The dancers twisted on the dance floor.
definition 2: to turn and go in another direction.
The river twisted through the mountains.The path twists sharply to the right up ahead.
similar words:
about-face, pirouette, pivot, revolve, rotate, swivel, twirl, wheel, whirl
definition 3: to wind or wrap around an object.
The ivy twisted around the drain pipe.
coil, spiral, twine, wind, wrap
similar words:
convolute, twirl
definition 4: to squirm or writhe.
His body twisted in pain.
squirm, writhe
similar words:
contort, wiggle, wriggle
definition 5: to become intertwined or tangled together.
The stems twisted until we couldn't tell which plant was which.
entwine, interlace, intertwine, interweave
similar words:
interlock, knot, tangle
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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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