Definition of twist in English:

twist

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’
    • ‘My left foot seemed to have been twisted in an odd angle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could hear it sing out and howl as the metals within twisted and bent, flexing with the current.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Microchaetae are twisted and bent, and micro- and macrochaetae have abnormally deep and irregular grooves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She clutched her wrist that was twisted in an odd angle and was in extreme agony.’
    • ‘The gold curled and twisted in the wondrous shape of a serpent, its shimmering scales glinting in the candlelight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This allows the steel to be twisted like a rope before additional hammering draws it to the flat configuration needed for a knife blank.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Chamber Maid consists of a flexible steel cable, stout enough to be twisted and turned, but pliant enough to contort into the chamber.’
    • ‘The bottomless cage, made of metal tubing bent and twisted in a whimsical fashion, originally housed a mannequin perched on a swing.’
    • ‘Ms. Debby was a variety of shapes, points twisted at odd angles.’
    • ‘The crown wasn't ordinary exactly; it was a blackened sort of metal, twisted and molded into shapes of cold fire.’
    crooked, wry, lopsided
    crumpled, bent out of shape, crushed, buckled, warped, misshapen, distorted, deformed
    contort, screw up, quirk
    crumple, crush, buckle, mangle, warp, bend out of shape, misshape, deform, distort
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    1. 1.1[with object and adverbial]Form (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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the joys of the radio show is Adams's pleasure in twisting language into all sorts of new and amusing shapes.’
      • ‘They twist a cloth into a doughnut shape and put it on their heads.’
      • ‘The table napkin found its way into Mei-Feng's hands and had been twisted and turned into weird shapes.’
      • ‘He held out a green piece of fruit that had been twisted into a spiral.’
      • ‘A sneer twisted the woman's handsome features into something dark.’
      • ‘Standing up, he twisted his right hand into the shape of a phone and waggled it in front of his ear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Saturn's F-ring is being twisted into its contorted shape by the gravitational effect of the moon Prometheus.’
      • ‘I tried again to twist my face into a shape that might suggest some sort of comprehension.’
      • ‘He twists whatever he finds into new shapes without regard for the old ones.’
      • ‘Nobody can teach the way he twists rambling phrases into musical stories.’
      • ‘So Hunab Ku twisted the boughs into the shape of a man, and he breathed upon it and set it on Earth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tag along to yoga with your mom - twisting yourself into a pretzel couldn't be more of a change of pace.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her dark tresses were twisted into an oddly shaped bun with two chopsticks sticking from them.’
    2. 1.2[with object and adverbial]Turn or bend into a specified position or in a specified direction.
      ‘he grabbed the man and twisted his arm behind his back’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘He instinctively grabbed the tumbling bag with outstretched arms, and it twisted him sharply to the right before striking his shins and feet.’
      • ‘She twisted him around to face her and crossed her arms in front of her chest.’
      • ‘The feline Juanjo twisted himself into a stable position from which to strike, but biffed his shot wide of the post.’
      • ‘And before he knew it, the pro had twisted him into positions he never thought possible.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The wafers are pressed against each other, slightly twisted at a precisely controlled angle and then bonded together to form a bi-crystal.’
      • ‘I was once again twisted around by the shoulders to face my arch nemesis.’
      • ‘Her face ached from the false smile that appeared on her lips, and her toe throbbed from being twisted in the wrong direction.’
      • ‘He grabbed hold of her right arm, twisting her around so she faced the wall and the arm was behind her.’
      • ‘She twisted herself into a sitting position, and from there, she managed to get up on her feet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I flicked on the little lamp that has been twisted round to fit inside my bookshelf.’
      • ‘I was still sitting; he was standing, his arms twisted behind his back.’
      • ‘Every head in Madrid's packed Plaza de Toros was twisted in their direction.’
      • ‘He blocked all three but struggled on the third because he was twisted in an odd position.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His hand shot out and grabbed my arm, twisting me back painfully.’
      • ‘Alex twisted both of his swords up into a self-protective X position and waited for the blow Zack would deliver.’
    3. 1.3Remove something by pulling and rotating it.
      ‘beetroot can be stored once the leaves have been twisted off’
      • ‘She twisted the flower off the stem and looked at the stem.’
      • ‘I placed my hand on her wrist and twisted her grasp off my arm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They move together back into the big part of the house, toward the kitchen, where Dave is twisting the cap off a beer.’
      • ‘He quickly ran over to it and twisted the knob off.’
      • ‘He twisted the ring off his middle finger, and slumped down at the kitchen table, feeling the strain in his neck and arms.’
      • ‘To take liquid out of one of Frank's dolls, D twisted the head off and poured the water out of the torso.’
      • ‘She pulled the straw out and twisted her helmet off, revealing a teenage girl with round glasses, bobbed brown hair and bright smiling eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To peel prawns, twist off their heads and pull off the ‘legs’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Remove the silk, and then gently pull the husks back up, twisting the husks off at the top with twist ties.’
      • ‘Also remove any leaves that turn yellow or look damaged by twisting them off.’
      • ‘You try and twist the cap off until she hands you a bottle opener and you say thanks.’
      • ‘I twisted my body off my bed so my feet would land on the carpeted floor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A couple of his men grabbed me this morning, I thought they were going to twist my head off.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 1.4[no 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’
      • ‘I was twisting and flexing my body just to feel it move.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Arti twisted herself in the direction of the voices, to find two ten year olds glaring at her.’
      • ‘Lauren twisted herself around so she could look behind.’
      • ‘Seth sighed and twisted himself to face me directly.’
      • ‘Turn by moving your whole body rather than by twisting at your waist.’
      • ‘The rotation should come from your middle and your middle only, so anchor your hips and don't let them move as you twist.’
      • ‘Her body twisted around to face the tree and she turned to look up into the wide assortment of golden leaves.’
      • ‘When he talks, his body twists back and forth, creaking the swivel chair.’
      • ‘He unwrapped his arm from around the dog and twisted himself into a semi-sitting position.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was very pleased, and twisted and turned her body to get a better view.’
      • ‘These muscle groups come into play when you are bending, twisting or straightening up your body.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her body begins to twist when she feels me on her shoulder.’
      • ‘During the reading, Huang Jingao kept twisting and moving his body, and appeared to be uncomfortable.’
      • ‘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 elevator entrance spiraled open behind Howard and he twisted in the opposite direction and almost jumped out of his skin.’
      • ‘The bearded figure twists to face us as he frees himself from one of the snakes.’
    5. 1.5[no object, with adverbial]Move in a wriggling or writhing fashion.
      ‘he twisted himself free’
      • ‘Her body twisted and moved with such agility and grace that she managed to avoid most of the attacks that were issued her way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The robot methodically twisted and moved his limbs in noisy harmony to open the door.’
      • ‘I twisted and twitched and writhed, but they wouldn't let me go.’
      • ‘He twisted and writhed in pain, his anger rising.’
      • ‘I'm apparently tossing and turning in my uncomfortable sleep, moving here, twisting there.’
      • ‘Zethus fought against his power valiantly, wriggling and twisting, but got little reward for his struggles, as he didn't move an inch.’
      • ‘She tried to wriggle and twist around, but could only move fractionally.’
      • ‘Red flames danced, glowing, leaping and twisting, a haunting mix of black and red casting horrific patterns over the concrete.’
      • ‘Minutes later, she started to struggle again, pushing and pulling her arm, twisting and wriggling to try to get away.’
      • ‘Then, I started to move, twisting and twirling my body, starting in a dance that involved every muscle I had.’
      • ‘Samaras strikes hundreds of different poses, twisting and reshaping himself before the lenses of his various Polaroids.’
      • ‘The ground began another round of shaking, moving, and twisting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sea will rear up because Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent, is twisting and writhing in fury, making his way toward the land.’
      • ‘Their bodies twisted as each tried to wrest the weapon from the other's grasp.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her body twisted and turned as nightmares filled her head and haunted her rest.’
      • ‘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.’
    6. 1.6Injure (a joint) by wrenching it.
      ‘he twisted his ankle trying to avoid his opponent's lunge’
      • ‘She stood for a moment, and massaged her neck where it was stiff after being twisted at an awkward angle all night.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Knees were twisted, ankles pulled, vision checked, X-rays taken and blood drawn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘In attempting to play the shot, Lehmann twisted the injured left knee which he already had strapped and he obviously did further damage.’
    7. 1.7Distort or misrepresent the meaning of (words)
      ‘he twisted my words to make it seem that I'd claimed she was a drug addict’
      • ‘That's why I stopped talking, because I can see the press twisting whatever I say anyway.’
      • ‘On the local and national front, we have another effort at twisting meanings and twisting history.’
      • ‘Rather then debate that process openly, the interviewer twists it into something else and lets others attack.’
      • ‘All that does is play into their strategy of twisting words and meanings until nothing means what it says any more.’
      • ‘Of this much I'm certain - Down will be absolutely furious when I tell him that his words have been twisted in this way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What we should assure politicians is that we have no gain from twisting or distorting facts.’
      • ‘He is forced to twist and bend the truth to justify his crimes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘John Q. tries to twists the discussion by effectively challenging us to prove that we're being consistent according to his definition.’
      • ‘He had twisted her response to his question and told her that even worse words could be twisted by others in court.’
      • ‘I have watched how words have been twisted, strewn and bent into whole other shapes by parts of the media.’
      • ‘Am I being too sensitive, or deliberately twisting his words?’
      • ‘Being clear, and always conscious of whether my words could be twisted, was really important.’
      • ‘I have been misquoted and my words have been twisted.’
      • ‘Political fund-raising spam is still relatively rare, but it has already been twisted to fraudulent purposes.’
      • ‘Facts have either been twisted or not at all revealed.’
  • 2Cause to rotate around a stationary point; turn.

    ‘she twisted her ring round and round on her finger’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he rambles on the microphone just as often as he twists the knobs backstage.’
    • ‘Max swore as he twisted the lock-pick in the keyhole impatiently, but the lock still refused to oblige.’
    • ‘Leave a small amount of space to allow the weak link to twist without the link-knife rotating with it.’
    • ‘Then she ran to the shop door, twisted the Open / Closed sign and began to lock and bolt it like a Colditz guard.’
    • ‘Mr Gibbon twists the nail, attempting to drive it home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She adjusted the tiny screw at the top and twisted some more, still nothing came out.’
    • ‘Maybe if I twist this ring a little harder I'll get to imagine Kendall again.’
    • ‘And he was very, very nervous, and he kept twisting his hat around - you know, when gentlemen used to wear hats.’
    • ‘Always twist wires together securely before twisting on the wire nut.’
    • ‘Someone who arrives nervously twisting a wedding ring may have marital problems; somebody who has clearly walked through the rain might face financial trouble.’
    • ‘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 gently pushes out icing while twisting the nail.’
    • ‘Rodriguez twisted a few of his rings around his fingers.’
    • ‘She twisted and rotated around the bars with beauty and grace.’
    twiddle, adjust, turn, rotate, swivel
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    1. 2.1[with object and adverbial]Wind around or through something.
      ‘she twisted a lock of hair around her finger’
      • ‘I tilted my head to one side and started twisting my dirty blonde hair around my fingers.’
      • ‘And his grip on my hand firmed, his fingers now curling and twisting over mine as he stood.’
      • ‘Her eyes were red from crying and her hands kept twisting her skirt unknowledgeably.’
      • ‘Cora toyed with her cloak, twisting the shining white fabric between her fingers while gazing up at the stars.’
      • ‘She wore a gown of grass and leaves that twisted about her body like ivy.’
      • ‘I stopped suddenly in front of the building and turned to Rob, twisting some of my hair around my finger.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cedric walks in straightening his shirt that was most likely twisted around his body from sitting awkwardly on the couch.’
      • ‘She twisted one of those auburn hairs around her finger, looking nervously up at him.’
      • ‘She gasped, sitting up in bed, her pajama shirt twisted around her body.’
      • ‘The raging wind began to take shape, twisting and coiling before the man before coalescing into a staff.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pair were laughing loudly, Corrie twisting one of her curls around her finger.’
      • ‘She twirled, slowly bringing her slender arms above her head while her sheer dress flowed in the breeze, twisting around her body.’
      • ‘His hands traveled up his back and came to rest on the back of his head, his fingers twisted in the jet black locks.’
      • ‘I twisted one of the ringlets around my finger and pulled it making it bounce up and down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do you keep things inside and let them twist and wind inside you rather than let them out?’
      • ‘The dress she had worn on her date was wrinkled and twisted around her body, and her stockings had huge runs in them.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2Move or cause to move around each other; interlace.
      [with object] ‘she twisted her hands together nervously’
      ‘the machine twists together strands to make a double yarn’
      • ‘DNA is a very long molecule, composed of two strands twisted around each other to produce the famous double helix.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many dark and bright threads are slowly twisted together.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fraser and Grant's voices are the stars of the song, harmonizing and twisting around each other.’
      • ‘The locks of hair had twisted themselves into ringlets, and they looked like they would suffocate her if left untamed.’
      • ‘Our lives, I obsessively told myself, were twisted together by fate.’
      • ‘Her fingers twisted themselves into a knot as her mind began to race with her thoughts.’
      • ‘Maisy, meanwhile, was twisting wild dandelions together to make a kind of chain.’
      • ‘The hilt had vines and snakes twisting together in intricate designs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thousands of tiny lines, all twisted together, constitute the clump of moss.’
      • ‘I'm just uselessly twisting a thousand things around in my head.’
      • ‘With the pliers, he twists two more wires together, and the device is complete.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He wore a button-down collared shirt; his locks had been neatly twisted and pinned back in a bun.’
      • ‘If you have ever looked at a network cable you will notice that the wires are arranged in pairs, and are twisted together.’
    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.’
    4. 2.4[no object]Take or have a winding course.
      ‘the railway lines twist and turn round the hills’
      • ‘We climbed through tough canyon country, the road bucking and twisting between coastal oaks and mountain laurel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The rim snakes and twists and after a while it's easy to lose your bearings in an unfamiliar place.’
      • ‘The road twisted and hairpinned and climbed, but as scary mountain passes go, it was pretty tame.’
      • ‘Lowering his quill once more, the ink trailed in a continuous line, curving and twisting on the paper.’
      • ‘Below, another less obvious route twists off slyly to the south.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alsonte was floating down a river of memories, twisting and winding.’
      • ‘The road twisted and turned up and around the mountains, and soon I was surrounded by thick forest.’
      • ‘For instance, you need only drive a few miles out from Benidorm to discover narrow mountain roads that twist through pine forests.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We would bump and twist along narrow roads, their surfaces deeply grooved by hardened tire tracks.’
      • ‘South of Keri, the road twists past paddy fields, prawn farms and rural hamlets towards Arambol.’
      • ‘Then the trail would stop winding and twisting, and would level off and widen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His lines curve and twist, zig and zag, constantly delighting the eye but never losing form.’
      • ‘The small group sat in silence as Alex negotiated the roads, twisting in and out through the traffic, which was unusually heavy this evening.’
      • ‘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 main road twisted and turned through the collection of houses and shops in a boa-like manner.’
  • 3[no object] Dance the twist.

    • ‘If you can listen to either one's music without starting to twist, frug or jerk, you seriously need a soul implant.’
    • ‘She twisted, spiraled, and danced through the air with such feral pleasure that Asgard couldn't help but smile as he watched her.’
    • ‘He clasped his hands together and twisted excitedly.’
    • ‘She spun, twisted, and moved her body to the music, even as it continued to go faster.’
    • ‘The dancing couples twisted and turned, dancing until they got dizzy and sat down for a drink.’
    • ‘In the back of the ballroom, spidery arms and legs twist and move to the music.’
    • ‘Demise twisted and weaved in the air, dancing peculiarly.’
    • ‘His legs were askew as he spun, twirled, and twisted, a strange dance of confusion.’
    • ‘He took my hand and held my waist as we danced across the floor, twisting and twirling.’
  • 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.’
  • 5[no object] (in pontoon) request, deal, or be dealt a card face upwards.

    • ‘If your total remains below 21 you may ask for a fourth card to be twisted and then a fifth, in the same way.’
    • ‘If the total value of your cards is less than 21 you may say "Twist me one".’
    • ‘The other players' cards will not be visible at this point, except where they have split, twisted, declared pontoons or gone bust.’

noun

  • 1An act of twisting something around a stationary point.

    ‘the taps needed a single twist to turn them on’
    • ‘Then I heard the twist of the doorknob and the door shutting slowly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a quick twist of his fingers, he sealed the mouth of the balloon.’
    • ‘Eno could summon cathedrals out of matchbooks with a few twists of the studio knobs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fortunately Walker is always just a knob twist away from another saving grace.’
    • ‘Finally, with a quick twist, she wrenched his sword out of his hand, and sent it flying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It can be switched from rear drive to high or low range four-wheel-drive with a twist of a fascia-mounted knob.’
    • ‘A quick-adjust mechanism on the rear of the lid helps provide on-the-fly adjustment with a twist of the dial.’
    • ‘The wire was then given a full twist to form a fully secure loop.’
    • ‘If people want easy listening, they can find it with a twist of their dial.’
    • ‘He gave it a quarter twist and it sprang open into a bow a half meter long.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 chalks the tip of his cue with methodical twists of the wrist.’
    • ‘He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson's astonishment, the engine roared to life.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why just do lunges when you can do a lunge and a torso twist?’
      • ‘It wasn't so much that I was going fast, as that I did many acrobatic twists as I slid down the hill.’
      • ‘She looked outward, and could just make out a two-legged, tramping shape making little twists and rolls ahead of her.’
      • ‘Stoney Point's bipod uses a very clever, patented locking mechanism so you can change the length with a twist of the wrist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With a yell and a half twist, I spiralled off the ground with my sword to the side, the blade catching the fire.’
      • ‘They were the only pair to perform jumps with a quadruple twist and a triple Riedberger, as well as a spin with a jump.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This yoga twist often relieves pressure in low back discs with a pop!’
      • ‘Hu rallied to win on his last dive, a backward double somersault with one twist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The gentle back bends and twists soothe lower back pain, improve digestion, and clear your thinking.’
      • ‘Hold position, then come out of twist smoothly; change foot and leg positions, and repeat twist to the other side.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2A dance with a twisting movement of the body, popular in the 1960s.
      ‘lets do the twist’
      • ‘They stood up, sang Twist and Shout, danced the twist, going up and down.’
      • ‘Play your favorite music and dance: Move your feet, move your body, add a waltz, 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.’
      • ‘Did the twist signal the end of Western civilization?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Back in the 1960's my favorite uncle taught me how to do the twist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Twist is an effort to document the twist dance craze that starts off with some promise, but eventually goes off the rails.’
      • ‘But I told Quentin that there were other dances other than the twist.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3[mass noun]The extent of twisting of a rod or other object.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Take a rectangular strip of paper and join the two ends of the strip together so that it has a 180 degree twist.’
      • ‘This high degree of twist, although common in ophiacodontids, represents the upper limit recorded for pelycosaurs.’
      • ‘The fineness of the fibers, spun with a high degree of twist, gives the yarn a springy resilience.’
      • ‘The mechanism of facilitated melting probably involves the conversion of supercoils to changes in twist.’
      • ‘Generally, the more twist in the carpet yarns, the more spring, which hides footprints.’
    4. 1.4[mass noun]Force producing twisting; torque.
      • ‘The very expanse of his sentences, their twist and torque, is an American dream of plenitude.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5[mass noun]Forward 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.’
      • ‘From barrel rolls and 180 twists to death-defying building leaps and extreme stacks, Stuntman promises to be quite an adrenaline rush.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The next part was a flurry of movement - block, parry, thrust, twist, turn, step.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    6. 1.6The rifling in the bore of a gun.
      ‘barrels with a 1:24 inch twist’
      • ‘The heavier bullet necessitated a change in rifling twist.’
      • ‘This allows a tight brush or patch to correctly follow the rifling twist for better cleaning.’
      • ‘You have to coordinate your eyeball with your hand to compensate for the rifling twist, but it's not hard to learn.’
      • ‘Lymam NEI and SAECO offer a variety of 500 to 600 grain bullet designs for the faster twists found in modern barrels.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A thing with a spiral shape.

    ‘a barley sugar twist’
    • ‘Chef Patrice Caillot shows us some unconventional sweet twists using wonton wrappers both steamed and fried.’
    • ‘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 Rio Hotel in Las Vegas is one of the places that use corkscrew twists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Outline roof with licorice twists, fill in with white chewing gum shingles, and star and cinnamon candies.’
    • ‘After they entered the shell, they settled down amongst the shell's twists and curves.’
    • ‘Bubble letters, arcs and twists can also be artistically arranged and now instantly viewed.’
    • ‘It's a beveled, prismatic acrylic formed into a twist.’
    • ‘The sky seemed to have turned gray in minutes and the clouds shifted from north to west with undesirable twists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 channel has a slight helical twist following the secondary structure of larger maltodextrins.’
    • ‘Her eyes followed the winding twists and the curls of smoke as the sky broke open to the ocean beneath.’
    • ‘Leigh was wearing a copper-colored dress that made her curly hair look like twists of copper wire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    ringlet, curl, corkscrew, coil
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    1. 2.1British A paper packet with twisted ends.
      ‘he handed her a twist of paper’
      • ‘Delphine pulled a twist of paper from her pocket and laid it out flat on her knees.’
    2. 2.2A small quantity of tobacco, sugar, salt, or a similar substance, wrapped in such a packet.
      ‘he bought a packet of crisps with a blue twist of salt in them’
      • ‘This type of smokeless tobacco comes in loose leaf, plugs or twists.’
      • ‘That said, I'm a bit of a picnic pedant; I have to have little twists of salt and pepper to dust on to my crisp salad or a ripe tomato or two.’
      • ‘I sprinkled upon it a bit of salt from my twist, and it made a dish fit for those in a timber hall.’
      • ‘They lived in Yearman, in southern Ohio, until they had nothing to barter and couldn't get credit for a twist of tobacco.’
    3. 2.3A curled piece of lemon peel used to flavour a drink.
      ‘she drank vodka and tonic with a twist of lemon’
      • ‘Slightly acidic solutions are strong salivary stimulants, which might explain why a twist of lemon is perceived as a valuable addition to aperitifs.’
      • ‘Grill small sardines on the open grill and serve with a twist of lemon and a healthy shake of freshly ground black pepper.’
      • ‘Breathe fresh air, walk and drink room temperature water adding a twist of lemon.’
      • ‘I stumbled downstairs for another cup, in which I took half a twist of lemon and a spoonful of honey.’
      • ‘Serve immediately strained into frozen martini glass and garnish with lemon twist or olive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even the espresso was note - perfect, with its mini lemon twist.’
      • ‘Jack picked his poison, a straight scotch with a twist of lemon, and planted himself on a nearby stool.’
      • ‘Strain into the glasses and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.’
      • ‘One of the techniques she has taught her bartenders is the flaming of lemon and orange twists.’
      • ‘However, the ending is rewarding with a surprise twist… a lemon twist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Take your Good Grips zester, and using the notch on the side, make a twist from the lemon rind.’
      • ‘Flavored sparkling waters are also delicious served with a twist of lemon.’
      • ‘The old standby of orange or lemon twists are available year-round, which helps to account for their popularity.’
      • ‘Anything more than a green olive or a twist of lemon and it's a salad.’
      • ‘Strain into a large, chilled Martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.’
      • ‘Small in size, each portion provided six fish whose taste was nicely balanced with a lemon twist.’
  • 3A distorted shape.

    ‘he had a cruel twist to his mouth’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was initially feared that McNamara had broken his ankle, but a scan has revealed a bad twist and ligament strain.’
    • ‘But he merely blinked to rid himself of the hypnotizing glare, and the twist of the smirk was back on his face again.’
    • ‘William's eyebrows shot up in bewilderment, and there was a twist in his mouth that nearly resembled an astonished droop.’
    • ‘She grinned at him teeth a blaring white against the dark twist of her lips, otherwise cruel.’
    • ‘There is a twist to the corner of her mouth as she replies.’
    • ‘Michael's expression was unreadable, but the twist to his lips gave Marcus the impression that he had guessed what was wrong.’
    • ‘Her lips curled up in a sardonic twist that would have made a mortal shriek with agony.’
    • ‘His mouth had a wry twist to it as if he took everything with a heavy dose of sarcasm.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘But I come to the conclusion that sometimes failure gives an interesting twist to a person.’
      • ‘The actors bring such unique twists to these characters, and we have such complex characters, that that's the fun of writing the show.’
    2. 3.2British informal A swindle.
  • 4A point at which something turns or bends.

    ‘the car negotiated the twists and turns of the mountain road’
    • ‘There is no suggestion of a pronounced twist in the ventral margin of the jaw of Hynerpeton like that seen in Densignathus.’
    • ‘Familiar bends and twists in the hallway lead her past cubbyholes and labs of other Engletech researchers, including the bemused Thatcher.’
    • ‘There was the subtle twist of a planetary orbit here, the tiny bending of a beam of starlight there.’
    • ‘Now the vehicle descends, again through numerous hair raising turns and twists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bends and twists in the chain of amino acids are different.’
    • ‘Silence fills the car as he maneuvers around the twists and bends of the road, turning left on Main, which is much brighter.’
    • ‘The colorful graphics are sufficient, the diverse musical score is fantastic, and the plot is loaded with mysterious twists and bends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After another series of twists and bends, the corridor widened into a room.’
    • ‘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 bends and twists, the potholes and the flooding were all cited as major drawbacks for motorists.’
    • ‘The route is lined with a variety of ferns and striking sandstone formations and is not for the timid; sudden twists hide cliffs.’
    • ‘There's no discernible twist or bend in it whatsoever - it feels like a fully roll-caged race car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He followed Kyle through multiple twists and bends in the track as they sped along.’
    • ‘In certain parts, the water was flowing extremely fast and there are lots of twists and bends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a strange twist of irony, this very narrowing down of themes may result in a wider audience.’
      • ‘Yesterday's verdict was originally expected in December but was repeatedly delayed by fresh, and increasingly strange, twists in the case.’
      • ‘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 in the tale the wheeler-dealer will pay a terrible price for this unrequited love.’
      • ‘His stories are accompanied by a strange twist of the supernatural.’
      • ‘The book zips by with twists, murders and sudden encounters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The second half of the show is filled with unexpected and clever plot twists, as well as a marked shift in tone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His life had taken so many strange turns, twists and almost acrobatic tumbles.’
      • ‘An unexpected twist of fate would change the course of his life.’
      • ‘So, as to not spoil the movie, I will only tell you that it concludes with an unexpected twist.’
      • ‘At times, the plot twists sound as if they've been generated by a Hollywood scribe, a fact that amuses Koenig.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The movie itself is an instant classic with yet again amazing visuals, dialogue, twists, action sequences, performances, and sound track.’
      • ‘The film holds a few surprises - not in clichéd twists, but in unexpected plot developments that make the film more compelling.’
    2. 4.2A new treatment or outlook; a variation.
      ‘she takes conventional subjects and gives them a twist’
      • ‘Ainsley gives chips a refreshing and funky twist with a lemon and garlic chip recipe.’
      • ‘I slumped into the bench and played something with dissonant notes and unexpected twists to match the room around me.’
      • ‘The pentagonal doors define the look of the Zaroot with its front and rear graphic treatment adding a futuristic twist.’
      • ‘Here he takes the traditional polyphonic form of church music and gives it a modern twist, with unexpected endings and harmonies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It sounds unusual, but it tasted great; a meaty, comforting pasta dish given a twist by a substantial infusion of whisky.’
      • ‘Here's one added twist: Drink two glasses of water before each meal.’
      • ‘This lucid, pioneering work examines important new twists in the changing landscape of 21st-century warfare.’
      • ‘This 5-panel, high-profile cap with a twist features a flashlight in the crown of the cap.’
      • ‘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 final touch was a new twist for me: lime sugar - grated peel (enough to add color as well as flavor) mixed with sugar.’
      • ‘I added a little twist and got this lovely piece of literary work.’
      • ‘An inn with a twist - each room is furnished in a regional theme (the Denmark room has a steam sauna).’
      • ‘The palate freshener was a sorbet, but in another radical twist, instead of lemon or fruit, this was a tomato based sorbet.’
      • ‘White also stopped planning weddings and made her specialty in providing corporate affairs events with a twist.’
      • ‘The humous's lemon infusion was an inspired twist, while the vegetables were pretty much as you'd expect.’
      • ‘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 film can be seen as a twist on Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman and The Wedding Banquet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The list covers classics, such as the Mint Julep, which is given a presentation twist by serving it in a silver goblet.’
  • 5[mass noun] A fine strong thread consisting of twisted strands of cotton or silk.

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘In stockinette stitch with a twist of double rib and a pretty gusset stitch in super soft 4 ply.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 6British A drink consisting of two ingredients mixed together.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mo couldn't contain herself any longer, and covered her smirk with a twist of gin and bitter lemon.’
  • 7A carpet with a tightly curled pile.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a very nice piece of blue twist carpet.’

Phrases

  • round the twist

    • informal Out of one's mind; crazy.

      ‘the games she plays drive me round the twist’
      • ‘The noise is 24/7 which I think would drive any of us completely round the twist.’
      • ‘In fact it may well be into 2005 before we see it all ending, and by then a lot of people are very likely to have gone round the twist.’
      • ‘In ‘real life’, you see, keeping his feelings quiet is driving him round the twist.’
      • ‘I'm at my wit's end… and thinking that I'm going slightly round the twist.’
      • ‘No doubt the constant bleating eventually sends them round the twist.’
      • ‘Alf also taped the voice of his ghost to prove to neighbours he had not gone round the twist.’
      • ‘I have finally finished the report that's been driving me round the twist for the past month or so.’
      • ‘And, dear reader, it's that ‘almost’ that will drive you slowly round the twist.’
      • ‘As well as maintaining that searching for a reason can drive one round the twist, the colourful Charlie has revealed through his writings that sometimes he feels like an alien ‘in this strange world ’.’
      • ‘The first time it was quite funny; the second time it was okay; but after 20 times it was frankly driving me round the twist.’
  • twist someone's arm

    • informal Pressurize someone into doing something that they are reluctant to do.

      ‘I've twisted his arm and he'll get you some tickets’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Did she do that on her own, was she forced to do it, was somebody twisting her arm?’
      • ‘‘I never really liked playing tennis, but three weeks ago Sarah twisted my arm,’ she says.’
      • ‘They enjoyed it so much last year they twisted my arm to let them do it again.’
      • ‘‘Community work is compulsive for me - no one's twisting my arm to do the work except myself,’ Val said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The next thing we knew, Radio 4 was on the phone and twisted our arm into an interview quickly followed by loads of others.’
      pressurize, coerce, bulldoze, force, railroad
      persuade
      talk someone into something
      lean on, put the screws on
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  • 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’
      • ‘There is no such thing as a plot - just five linear lives twisting in the wind.’
      • ‘What they made of the script was just plain bad, and that left good actors twisting in the wind.’
      • ‘Better to know for sure than to twist in the wind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was left to twist in the wind while the press glorified his editor for having some second thoughts about the explosive articles.’
      • ‘By not instructing on this matter Stevenson, for his own artistic purposes, leaves us, like Jopp, 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.’
  • twist someone around one's little finger

  • twists and turns

    • Complicated dealings or circumstances.

      ‘the twists and turns of her political career’
      • ‘For all of the deliberate twists and turns, the film's action is little more than aimless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While still faithful to traditional music, Ryan introduced some twists and turns of his own.’
      • ‘A writer has to grow with the twists and turns of history, with the vitality that permeates life.’
      • ‘These days, she is sanguine about the twists and turns of her career.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

twist

/twɪst/