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

Examples of twisting in a Sentence

it took some twisting, but I finally got the top off the jar
Recent Examples on the Web Mannarino landed awkwardly, his left leg extending and his right knee twisting. New York Times, 29 June 2021 Swayman, in full goalie gear, hopped from edge to edge and performed a few half-twisting jumps, to the amusement of his teammates., 27 Oct. 2021 Fullerton’s first lead didn’t come until 4.1 seconds remaining when Darmari Milstead hit a twisting, driving, falling bucket in the lane. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2021 The bill’s passage, 220 to 213, came after weeks of cajoling, arm-twisting and legislative legerdemain by Democrats. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 QF-16s are used to mimic manned aircraft, twisting and turning and maneuvering to present a challenge to a missile's guidance system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 Nov. 2021 The ride, which debuted in 2002, features a U-shaped track with two 215-foot-tall green and yellow twisting towers, with trains that move backward and forward between them at speeds of up to 72 mph. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2021 The 24-year-old started off by posting two videos of her training on bars, trying complete her twisting and flipping dismount. Rosa Sanchez, ABC News, 29 July 2021 His approach was less arm-twisting, one Democratic congressman told CNN, and more simply listening and explaining the popularity of the individual programs on education, the environment and more. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 6 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of twisting

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of twisting was circa 1905

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“Twisting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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