twist1 S3 [twıst] v
7 twist your ankle/wrist/knee
8 twist and turn
9 twist somebody's arm
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old English; Origin: twist 'rope']
1.) ¦(MOVE)¦ [I and T]
a) to turn a part of your body around or change your position by turning
He twisted his head slightly, and looked up at her.
twist round/around
She twisted round, so that she could see the dog better.
b) if you twist your mouth or features, you smile in an unpleasant way or look angry, disapproving etc
His mouth twisted in a humourless smile.
2.) ¦(BEND)¦ [T]
to bend or turn something, such as wire, hair, or cloth, into a particular shape
twist sth into sth
She twisted her handkerchief into a knot.
twist sth together
Twist the two ends of the wire together.
3.) ¦(WIND)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to wind something around or through an object
twist sth round/around/through etc sth
She twisted a silk scarf round her neck.
Ann twisted some daisies through Katherine's thick brown hair.
4.) ¦(TURN)¦ [T]
to turn something in a circle using your hand
twist sth off (sth)
Jack twisted the cap off the bottle.
5.) ¦(ROAD/RIVER)¦
if a road, river etc twists, it changes direction in a series of curves
The road twisted between spectacular mountains.
6.) ¦(WORDS)¦ [T]
to change the true or intended meaning of a statement, especially in order to get some advantage for yourself
He's always trying to twist my words and make me look bad.
7.) twist your ankle/wrist/knee
to hurt your wrist etc by pulling or turning it too suddenly while you are moving
Harriet slipped on the stairs and twisted her ankle.
8.) twist and turn
a) if a path, road, stream etc twists and turns, it has a lot of bends in it
The river twists and turns through the green fields.
b) if a person or animal twists and turns, they make twisting movements
9.) twist sb's arm
a) [i]informal to persuade someone to do something they do not want to do
No one twisted my arm about coming to see you.
b) to bend someone's arm upwards behind their back in order to hurt them
The policeman twisted my arm behind me and arrested me.
twist/wrap sb around your little finger atfinger1 (8)
twist the knife (in the wound) atknife1 (3)
twist 2
twist2 n
1.) an unexpected feature or change in a situation or series of events
a new/cruel/unexpected/strange etc twist
The robbery took a deadly new twist as the robber pulled out a gun.
an unexpected twist in the plot
By an amazing twist of fate , we met again in Madrid five years later.
2.) a twisting action or movement
He smiled, a slow cynical twist of his lips.
3.) a bend in a river or road
4.) a small piece of something that is twisted into a particular shape
twist of
a twist of lemon
5.) the twist
a popular fast dance from the 1960s in which you twist your body from side to side
6.) round the twistBrE spoken
a) crazy
'The woman's mad,' she told herself. 'She's round the twist.'
b) very angry
>twisty adj
a twisty road
(don't) get your knickers in a twist atknickers

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