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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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 That movie showed, for the first time, the twisting motions of the plasma, suggesting that the jet has a helical structure. Eileen Meyer, Smithsonian, "Big Data is Transforming How Astronomers Make Discoveries," 15 May 2018 That's how the erstwhile Logan Delos describes the twisting and turning narrative of season two, an exciting way of framing a classic question. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "Week in 'Westworld': The Big 'Breaking Bad' Cameo and Timeline Twists, Explained," 5 May 2018 Photo via The Modern House With its twisting curves and unfurling exterior, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this home for a piece of abstract art. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Sculptural steel home built into a 19th-century railway bridge wants $1.4M," 9 July 2018 But the explosive narrative fragmented into more twisting subplots with each episode, and the lofty, technology-versus-humanity dialogue made circumnavigating the mazes a laborious task. Lorraine Ali,, "After that wild 'Westworld' finale, the robots aren't the only ones disoriented," 26 June 2018 There are a lot of Starflyer no-nos, including no swinging, no spinning and no twisting. Dewayne Bevil,, "How to swing on new Orlando Starflyer," 15 June 2018 Shinnecock’s fairways are wider than usual, but twisting fairways, thick rough and firm greens should counter that. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "U.S. Open has many contenders, but don’t underestimate Tiger," 13 June 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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