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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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 Whether the shorter-than-average landing strips end with an abrupt drop-off or mountainous terrain makes for a twisting flight path, getting to and from these airports takes some serious know-how. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "10 Terrifying Airport Runways," 27 Apr. 2011 With its twisting branches bearing multiple species of fruits and vegetables, the Tree of Life is a textile motif that has enjoyed popularity for centuries, all over the world. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "This Textile Has Been All Over Vogue—Here’s Where It Came From," 1 June 2018 Fairy knots tend to occur in curly or coily hair because the follicle of curly hair is an oval shape, causing the hair to grow out of the scalp in a twisting, coiling nature. Janell Hickman, Allure, "Fairy Knots 101: How to Deal With Single-Strand Knots in Your Natural Hair," 3 Aug. 2018 Things took a dramatic turn at the end of the acclaimed BBC America series Killing Eve, even by the standards of this twisting spy thriller. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Killing Eve: Everything We Know So Far About Season 2," 24 Dec. 2018 And right in the middle of the map is the biggest change of all: a floating island, held aloft over Loot Lake and a twisting vortex. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite moves so fast that I’ve already forgotten about the cube," 27 Sep. 2018 The researchers say that this discovery will help scientists better understand the mechanics of twisting motion, which is not as well understood as bending motion. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Solved: The Spaghetti Physics Problem That Stumped Richard Feynman," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of twisting

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

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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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