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 All of the work was done for free, without much arm-twisting. Andrew Boryga,, "An 87-year-old woman lived in a broken-down home for years. Then volunteers renovated it for free, just in time for Christmas.," 24 Dec. 2020 Summoned to the White House for some arm-twisting, the Republican leaders of Michigan’s House and Senate responded by asking the president for additional federal financial aid. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Institutions Saved the 2020 Election," 15 Dec. 2020 Still, White continued to make plays, including a twisting, diving grab that set Michigan State up at Michigan's 3 during the Spartans' final touchdown drive that essentially sealed the game. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football falls to Michigan State in the worst loss of Jim Harbaugh era," 31 Oct. 2020 In the twisting alleys, vendors had set up tables of Christmas ornaments, but there was little holiday buzz. Washington Post, "In Pakistan, fear of virus forces Christians to curtail Christmas celebrations," 24 Dec. 2020 Bueckers made 8 of 11 shots, everything from a put-back that opened the scoring, to a drive for a twisting layup that beat the halftime buzzer, to a soft pull-up jumper in the lane and a 17-footer. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Paige Bueckers shows how she will lead UConn, and eventually delight fans at Gampel Pavilion, with dazzling debut," 13 Dec. 2020 Little arm-twisting may be needed to keep sponsors on board. Yuri Kageyama And Stephen Wade, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tokyo Games budget balloons. Who will pay for the extra costs?," 11 Dec. 2020 Then, Schakel scored on a twisting, double-clutching layup while wearing a defender like a holiday sweater. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Jordan Schakel’s growing game turns tide for Aztecs against Waves," 6 Dec. 2020 His four-yard touchdown catch was a fantastic leaping, twisting catch that is one of the most acrobatic in franchise history. Dallas News, "10 truths from the Cowboys’ win: Dallas appears to have a defensive playmaker in Donovan Wilson," 23 Nov. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Twisting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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