twister

[twis-ter]
noun
1.
a person or thing that twists.
2.
Informal. a whirlwind or tornado.
3.
Chiefly British Informal. a deceitful, unscrupulous person.

Origin:
1475–85; 1895–1900 for def 2; twist + -er1

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twister (ˈtwɪstə)
 
n
1.  (Brit) a swindling or dishonest person
2.  a person or thing that twists, such as a device used in making ropes
3.  (US), (Canadian) an informal name for tornado
4.  a ball moving with a twisting motion

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twister
1579, "one who spins thread," from twist (v.). Meaning "tornado" is attested from 1897, Amer.Eng.
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Example sentences
While no state is immune to a twister's violent winds, there are places where they touch down more often.
The violent and deadly twister ripped through the downtown area, killing and injuring hundreds.
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