As he spoke he plucked a solitary gold-fish squirming and twisting out of its globe.
The county road wound through thick Colorado forest, now snuggling along mountain peaks, now twisting among glowering trees.
The most helpful hint was that twisting the sashes was the key to the halter top.
A new PR industry has sprouted up: harnessing, and twisting, social media for celebrities' gain.
Santorum went on to talk about introducing a bill called Title XX, at which point he was twisting himself in knots.
And, turning to the glass, she went on twisting and coiling up her hair.
"I—I won't do it again," she faltered, twisting her hands together.
Directly between these a ribbon of white marked its twisting course.
"That's what he said," Duncan answered, twisting his brows whimsically.
The little one was disturbed in her sleep at the moment, and was twisting restlessly, making a faint cry.
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+)