twist words

twist someone's words (around)

to restate someone's words inaccurately; to misrepresent what someone has said. Stop twisting my words around! Listen to what I am telling you! You are twisting my words again. That is not what I said!
See also: twist, word
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Women really need to examine why they are so vitriolic towards other women - why they want to twist words, why they want to read about someone else in a negative light and why that feels good to them.
He's been resilient "Sir Malcolm Bruce, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, defends his leader against the critics "Women really need to examine why they are so vitriolic towards other women - why they want to twist words, why they want to read about someone else in a negative light and why that feels good to them"
There is something peculiar, if not downright absurd about how Zionists twist words and their meanings to always cement their position on that righteous pedestal made out of salt.
The more modern pieces in this exhibition are not quite so - they show off the artist's ability to twist words into shape and write at a painfully minute size.
As a warning from one who likes to twist words to imply meaning contrary to the original intent, I submit the following short list of examples.
He alleged Andrew Gasson, who at the time lived with his family in Rhydypennau Road, was a manipulative teenager who could twist words to get what he wanted.
He refuses to do interviews with UK press, using the tired old argument that they twist words or invent quotes.
If by trying to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition you have seemed to twist words out of their normal order and have created a pompous-sounding locution, abandon the effort.
Roget's Thesaurus lists gloze under "misinterpret", alongside misexplain, misteach, misconstrue, pervert, twist words, misquote, falsify, garble, misrepresent, travesty, parody, caricature.
No matter how hard you try to twist words, no homosexual act will ever be identical to the conjugal act.