1 plait, braid, weave, entwine, intertwine, twine, interweave, pleach, splice, wreathe, interlace:
She twisted together some daisies to make a garland for her hair.
2 distort, warp, contort, pervert, alter, change, slant, bias, colour, falsify, misquote, misstate, garble, miscite, misrepresent, violate; misinterpret, mistranslate, misunderstand, misconstrue:
He twisted her words so that she seemed to be saying the opposite of what she intended.
3 wriggle, worm, squirm, writhe, wiggle:
The little beggar twisted out of my grasp and ran for his life.
4 wind, snake, meander, turn, zigzag, worm, bend, curve:
I lost sight of the stream where it twisted through the undergrowth.
5 wrench, turn, sprain, rick or wrick:
I twisted my ankle on a faulty step.
6 twist (one's or someone's) arm. force, coerce, make, persuade, bully, Brit pressurize, US pressure:
I didn't want to go, but she twisted my arm.
7 coil, spiral, skew, zigzag, dog-leg, turn, curve, angle, bend, bow, meander:
The road is full of twists and turns.
8 interpretation, analysis, understanding, slant, angle, construction, construal; treatment, approach, version, variation:
This book puts a new twist on the fall of the Roman Empire.
9 distortion, misinterpretation, contortion, perversion, warping, alteration, change, departure, bias, colouring, falsification, misquotation, misstatement, garbling, misrepresentation; mistranslation, misunderstanding, misconstrual, misconstruction:
It was a twist of fate that brought us together again. She gave everything he said such a twist that he scarcely recognized his own ideas.
10 quirk, idiosyncrasy, crotchet, peculiarity, oddity, trick, eccentricity, incongruity, inconsistency, irregularity; weakness, flaw, fault, foible, failing:
Owing to a twist in his character, he has developed a hatred of women.
11 round the twist. mad, crazy, insane, eccentric, Colloq daft, Brit round the bend, Slang nuts, nutty, bonkers, cuckoo, batty, off (one's) rocker, Brit barmy or balmy:
Kevin's gone round the twist if he thinks I am going out with his sister.
1 act of twisting sth
little, slight | quick, sharp | wry
VERB + TWIST
Give the cap another twist?it's not on properly.
He finished him off with a quick twist of the knife.
| ~ to
a wry twist to her mouth
further, new | final, latest
the latest twist in the saga of high-level corruption
| bizarre, curious, dramatic, interesting, ironic, strange, unexpected | distinctive | cruel, vicious
a cruel twist of fate
VERB + TWIST
The writer takes well-known fairy tales and gives them an ironic twist.
The scandal has taken a new twist this week.
in a ~, with a ~
classic French dishes with a twist (= with a difference)
| ~ in
a twist in the plot
| ~ to
In a bizarre twist to the evening the police came at eleven and arrested our host.
a twist in the tail
The story has a twist in the tail?six months later she married the husband of her victim.
| a twist of fate, twists and turns
the twists and turns in the economy
3 in a road, river, etc.
a sharp twist in the road
twists and turns
the twists and turns of the river verb
She twisted slightly in her chair to look up at him.
Gently twist off the green stalks.
She fired again and saw the creature twist violently.
| bitterly, scornfully, wryly
His mouth twisted bitterly.
| away, off, together, up
Her black her was twisted up into a knot on top of her head.
I twisted the bandage round his leg.
His face was twisted with rage.
twist and turn
The road twists and turns along the coast.
| twist (yourself) free
He managed to twist himself free.
| twist sth out of shape
Her mouth was twisted out of shape by grief.
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