The twist, when it comes, makes O. Henry look like a hopeless pansy.
Jimi was doing something beautiful with the song and put his twist on it to give it a patriotic feel.
He is presently being held on $1 million bail, which gives a twist to the message on the phone answering machine at his firm.
As you exhale, draw the belly in, and twist to your right, placing your left hand on the arm rest to your right.
Chemically speaking, Molly is an amphetamine with a twist of phenethylamine (a hallucinogen).
Hugh was still vainly trying to twist his wrist free and was muttering, "Leggo, leggo o' me."
And, oh, how I will pay you back, how I will twist you and tear you!
I supposed they did when I gave them to you; but you've given it a twist that needs straightening out.
Dont pick your nose, or let it drop, or blow it too loud, or twist your neck.
The twist given to the cord depends upon the rate at which it is taken up, the speed of the center spindle remaining constant.
mid-14c., "flat part of a hinge," probably from Old English -twist (in mæsttwist "mast rope, stay;" candeltwist "wick"), from Proto-Germanic *twis-, from root of two. Original senses suggest "dividing in two" (cf. cognate Old Norse tvistra "to divide, separate," Gothic twis- "in two, asunder," Dutch twist, German zwist "quarrel, discord," though these senes have no equivalent in English), but later ones are of "combining two into one," hence the original sense of the word may be "rope made of two strands."
Meaning "thread or cord composed of two or more fibers" is recorded from 1550s. Meaning "act or action of turning on an axis" is attested from 1570s. Sense of "beverage consisting of two or more liquors" is first attested c.1700. Meaning "thick cord of tobacco" is from 1791. Meaning "curled piece of lemon, etc., used to flavor a drink" is recorded from 1958. Sense of "unexpected plot development" is from 1941.
The popular rock 'n' roll dance craze is from 1961, but twist was used to describe popular dances in 1894 and again in the 1920s. To get one's knickers in a twist "be unduly agitated" is British slang first attested 1971.
early 14c. (implied in past tense form twaste), "to wring," from the source of twist (n.). Sense of "to spin two or more strands of yarn into thread" is attested from late 15c. Meaning "to move in a winding fashion" is recorded from 1630s. To twist the lion's tail was U.S. slang (1895) for "to provoke British feeling." Related: Twisted; twisting.
To waste time; be forced to sit idly and perhaps rotate one's thumbs about one another: I was anxious to help, but all I could do was twiddle my thumbs while they debated (1846+)