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  • IPA(key): /ˈtwɪstɪŋ/
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  1. present participle and gerund of twist

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twisting (countable and uncountable, plural twistings)

  1. (countable) gerund of twist
    • 1984, Theodore R. Sizer, Horace's Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School:
      She was oblivious of all around her, and her facial twistings and scrunchings were droll.
    • 2009 August 23, Alexander Star, “Richard Poirier: A Man of Good Reading”, in New York Times[1]:
      Tracing Emerson’s famous twistings and turnings, Mr. Poirier argued that even when he seemed most complacent [] Emerson cannot be taken at face value.
    • 2021 July 14, “Network News: Network Rail engineers raise Machynlleth bridge”, in RAIL, number 935, page 27:
      Engineers decided not to use hydraulics, to ensure there was no twisting or buckling to the 80-tonne girder structure.
  2. (uncountable) The disreputable practice of selling unnecessary insurance to a customer in order to earn commission.
    • 1985, The Federal Reporter (second series, volume 756, page 219):
      Twisting benefits an insurance agent while damaging the customer. The agent benefits because the commission earned on the sale of a new health insurance policy is substantially higher than that earned on the renewal of an existing policy.

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  1. Having many twists
    The mountain road is even more twisting than the valley road.

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