twist·​ing ˈtwi-stiŋ How to pronounce twisting (audio)
: the use of misrepresentation or trickery to get someone to lapse a life insurance policy and buy another usually in another company

Example Sentences

it took some twisting, but I finally got the top off the jar

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of twisting was circa 1905

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Cite this Entry

“Twisting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Legal Definition


: 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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