twist·​ing | \ ˈtwi-stiŋ How to pronounce twisting (audio) \

Definition of twisting

: the use of misrepresentation or trickery to get someone to lapse a life insurance policy and buy another usually in another company

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Examples of twisting in a Sentence

it took some twisting, but I finally got the top off the jar
Recent Examples on the Web There is both love and pain at Calvary Zion, and the two are intertwined, like the razor wire twisting upon the home’s front gate. Ken Budd, Washington Post, "I spent time in a Kenyan orphanage hoping to make a difference. But was I really helping?," 6 Nov. 2019 My career has directly benefited from the twisting and shifting of western society to deal with gender and sexuality. John Norris, Billboard, "Mykki Blanco on LGBTQ Visbility and How the Music Industry Is Changing: My Career 'Could Not Have Happened Any Sooner'," 14 Aug. 2019 That changes her mass distribution and starts the twisting. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles' Historic Triple-Double," 12 Aug. 2019 This ineffectual twisting of executive authority would also poison the well of upcoming funding negotiations to avert as much as $300 billion in defense spending cuts from sequestration over the next two years. Mackenzie Eaglen And Rick Berger, WSJ, "Support the Troops—Don’t Declare an Emergency," 10 Feb. 2019 The Oregonian/OregonLive talked to Redden about Larry Hurwitz’s twisting, pitted road to justice. oregonlive, "Larry Hurwitz, the ‘Starry Night Murder,’ and a life of crime: Reporter Jim Redden on his years tracking a killer," 17 Sep. 2019 There will be a beer garden, Ukrainian food, live music, performances by the Kashtan Dance Ensemble and Zorya Ukrainian Female Vocal Ensemble, as well as children’s games, a petting zoo, hay wagon rides, balloon twisting, face painting and more. Carol Kovach,, "Ukrainian, Egyptian festivals will feature food, music, fun this weekend: Sun Postings," 19 Aug. 2019 The 22-year-old just became the first gymnast to ever attempt and land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount, according to Team USA. Leah Asmelash And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "Simone Biles just became the first gymnast to land a double-double dismount, and it's incredible," 10 Aug. 2019 As Norris ran to cover the base, his feet seemed to get tangled — the replay appeared to show his left ankle twisting. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' old friends show no mercy in team's eighth straight loss," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of twisting

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of twisting was circa 1905

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Legal Definition of twisting

: the making of a misrepresentation by an insurance agent to cause a policyholder to surrender or lapse an insurance policy especially for the purpose of replacing it with another policy

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not being in agreement or harmony

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