twist·​ing | \ˈtwi-stiŋ \

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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Adding insult to injury was the fact that the adults meant to mentor him left him unprotected and twisting in the wind. Angela Helm, The Root, "White Boy Scout Leader to Black Kid: It’s OK That You Were Called the N-Word. ‘I’ve Seen a Lot Worse’," 4 July 2018 The House of Representatives is headed home for Memorial Day, depriving Curbelo and his colleagues the opportunity for further arm-twisting in Washington for a week. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "How a Miami Republican is leading a last-gasp shot at an immigration vote in Congress | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Stand back up and bring the ball overhead to immediately go into the next rep, this time twisting and slamming the ball down to the left side. SELF, "Strengthen Your Entire Body With This 8-Part Slam Ball Circuit from Pink’s Trainer," 12 Sep. 2018 And doctors typically forbid lifting, twisting, and other physical activities for four to six weeks. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Life in Plastic: A Complete Guide to the "Mommy Makeover"," 16 July 2018 Kicking off on Île de Noirmoutier, a small island off the Atlantic coast of France, cyclists will cross a bridge to the mainland while navigating the twisting Vendée coastline. Gina Martinez, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Tour de France," 6 July 2018 Getting Them Out Guiding the boys, who range in age from 11 to 16, and their coach through hundreds of yards of twisting and sometimes disorienting underwater passageways would be fraught with danger. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Thailand Cave Rescue: A Visual Guide," 6 July 2018 But the arm-twisting is meeting resistance in parts of Europe, especially among allies who helped negotiate and sign the disarmament accord and want to sustain it to constrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Trump administration threatens sanctions against countries that import Iranian oil," 26 June 2018 The scientific name is derived from the twisting motion that helps the protist swim. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet the top 10 new species of 2018," 23 May 2018

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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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