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

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Residents cited noise, traffic, dust, and safety issues on the twisting, hilly connector road as concerns. Denise Coffey,, "Thompson PZC Hears Arguments Over Mining Operation," 28 June 2019 One open question is whether a role for replay exists during dreaming as well: the twisting of recent events into those phantasmagoric nocturnal narratives may serve to process and store—or toss out—our recent experiences. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Our Brain Uses a Not-So-Instant Replay to Make Decisions," 27 June 2019 The queue doubles as an aquarium, and riders follow a twisting route through tanks filled with angelfish, tetras, seahorses, an octopus and seven varieties of rays. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Roller-Coaster Designer on the Ups and Downs of His Work," 14 June 2019 Yet those old, grainy, black and white highlights of the Kansas Comet twisting opposing defenses into pretzels and lighting the Wrigley Field grass on fire still can make jaws drop and former teammates gush with respect. Dan Wiederer,, "'This is real': Past glory collides with future dreams as Bears100 Celebration Weekend begins," 7 June 2019 Lucile Bruhat, Ecole Normale Supérieure In the image, a twisting plume rises 1.2 miles through the water column from the top of a conical edifice. National Geographic, "Strange waves rippled around Earth. Now we may know why.," 21 May 2019 The technique Wicks showed me to start the cut involved twisting slowly on the handles while applying constant downward pressure in the center with my thumbs to help the cutters bite. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Magic of Two-Handled Tools," 1 Dec. 2018 How to Wash a Bra Use a mesh garment bag to cushion the bra and keep it from twisting and tangling in your washing machine. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wash a Bra the Right Way — And Mistakes You Might Be Making," 3 Nov. 2017 The farther from the center, the more warping, or twisting, there is in the Milky Way’s outer hydrogen gas disc. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Our Milky Way galaxy is truly warped, at least around edges," 6 Feb. 2019

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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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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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