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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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 One open question is whether a role for replay exists during dreaming as well: the twisting of recent events into those phantasmagoric nocturnal narratives may serve to process and store—or toss out—our recent experiences. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Our Brain Uses a Not-So-Instant Replay to Make Decisions," 27 June 2019 The queue doubles as an aquarium, and riders follow a twisting route through tanks filled with angelfish, tetras, seahorses, an octopus and seven varieties of rays. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Roller-Coaster Designer on the Ups and Downs of His Work," 14 June 2019 Yet those old, grainy, black and white highlights of the Kansas Comet twisting opposing defenses into pretzels and lighting the Wrigley Field grass on fire still can make jaws drop and former teammates gush with respect. Dan Wiederer,, "'This is real': Past glory collides with future dreams as Bears100 Celebration Weekend begins," 7 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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a period when something is suspended

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