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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Competing in Kansas City, Mo., 22-year-old Biles became the first gymnast ever to attempt a double-twisting, double somersault dismount from the balance beam, according to Team USA. Fox News, "Simone Biles makes history with balance beam dismount at US women's gymnastics championship," 12 Aug. 2019 The arrival of magnetised cubes in 2016 has allowed for more accurate twisting, helping to shave off valuable milliseconds. The Economist, "Speedcubers are solving Rubik’s Cubes at ever-faster speeds," 11 July 2019 Keep in mind that drift from spray products used on plants on hot or windy days may result in plant injury to your own plants or your neighbors’. Plants may experience distortion, cupping, twisting or death. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites," 24 June 2019 Your veggies’ symptoms — plus curling, twisting and under-sized leaves — are consistent with herbicide injury. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: Controlling horse nettle and coping with herbicide injury," 12 July 2019 The building itself is a work of art, with giant bubble windows protruding from the exterior and an interior atrium with a spiral staircase twisting toward a latticed skylight. Katherine Rodeghier, Dallas News, "St. Petersburg, Fla., goes from senior rest home to hipster hangout," 18 June 2019 This spring Helen also opened its Georgia Mountain Coaster, a twisting and turning alpine adventure ride. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 Setting the stage for her signature undone waves, Chung runs Harry Josh's pistachio-hued Pro Tools Detangling Brush through her shoulder-skimming lengths before twisting and misting salt spray into her ends. Vogue, "Alexa Chung Does Her Genius Trick for the Perfect Cat-Eye," 28 May 2019 Residents cited noise, traffic, dust, and safety issues on the twisting, hilly connector road as concerns. Denise Coffey,, "Thompson PZC Hears Arguments Over Mining Operation," 28 June 2019

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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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