twisting

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈtwɪstɪŋ/
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VerbEdit

twisting

  1. present participle of twist

NounEdit

twisting (countable and uncountable, plural twistings)

  1. (countable) gerund of twist
    • 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.
    • 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.
  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.

AdjectiveEdit

twisting

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

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