twists and turns



twists and turns pl (plural only)

  1. Abrupt changes in direction or orientation (often used figuratively).
    • 1814, Mary Leadbeater and Elizabeth Shackleton, “Calculation” in Tales for Cottagers, Dublin: John Cumming, p. 24,[1]
      The same ignorance and avarice which made him think the education of his children an useless expense, caused him to reject the advice of his friends to make a will, which would also be attended with a little expense; and there were so many twists and turns in the law he said, every one ought to keep clear of it []
    • 1909, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea, Chapter 21,[2]
      “What a romantic old lane this it,” said Diana, as they walked along its twists and turns.
    • 1916, Eleanor H. Porter, Just David, Chapter 11,[3]
      There was no question, of course, as to its final outcome, with six against one; but meanwhile the one was giving the six the surprise of their lives in the shape of well-dealt blows and skillful twists and turns that caused their own strength and weight to react upon themselves in a most astonishing fashion.
    • 1945, “On to Berlin,” Time, 9 July, 1945,[4]
      The twists and turns of U.S. policy, which once bewildered our allies as well as our enemies, can be expected to straighten out into a more surely predictable course.


twists and turns

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of twist and turn