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writhe under something

1. . Lit. to squirm with pain from being beaten with something. The sailor writhed under the sting of the lash. The child writhed under the pain of his spanking.
2. . Fig. to suffer under a mental burden. I writhed under her constant verbal assault and finally left the room. Why do I have to writhe under her insults?
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writhe with something

1. . and writhe in something [for someone or an animal] to squirm because of something, such as pain. Carl writhed with pain and began to cry. He was writhing in pain when the paramedics arrived.
2. . [for something] to support or contain something that is writhing. The pit was writhing with snakes and other horrid things. The floor of the basement was writhing in spiders and crawly things.
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The female writhed hornbill spent 123 days in her nest box.
The dictum was realized emphatically in many of the group's performance works, such as Kazuo Shiraga's Challenge to the Mud, 1955, in which the artist writhed in a pile of slop, creating a constantly shifting live informe sculpture that made Pollock's rhythmic pouring and dripping seem positively genteel.
The prisoner had suffered from abdominal pain and allegedly writhed in excruciating pain for three days before officials, who knew of his condition, followed up on his sonogram and sought care for his condition.
Instead a naked man writhed in agony on a gibbet, enduring the final extremity of suffering, while forgiving his tormentors.
Blokes went loco as she wriggled and writhed seductively on stage at the Crazy Girls' club in Los Angeles.
When I left my room and saw the darkness I trembled: I could not see the path, there were snakes that writhed round my ankles
The TV presenter, in a low-cut red dress, writhed and wriggled across a grand piano as she recreated Michelle Pfeiffer's Makin' Whoopee scene in the hit movie The Fabulous Baker Boys.
Thy words are like a cloud of winged snakes," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley But what if polymers - those long, chain-like molecules - writhed in motion like a cloud of snakes?
Check this out - this is how I roll," then writhed to Hold It Against Me, sailed along to Gimme More and delivered pin-sharp movements to Baby One More Time, all the while proving the Queen of Camp is back.
The swarm felt warm and furry; the experience of keeping both my hand and nerve steady whilst the surface of the swarm writhed and literally buzzed with energy and trusting these truly majestic little creatures is so hard to put into words and it is with great reverence that I try.
Set to a New Age-y soundscape, dancers writhed, convulsed, and behaved as if they were diseased, an effect underscored by their sickly green unitards.
This year's slicker show was staged in a mock disco with a dance floor, VIP lounges and big bubbling tubs of water where drenched French wenches writhed in soggy string bikinis.
and they writhed, struggled to stand, and walked upstage like a 12-legged monster.
A source told us: "The band won't be copying the girls from the original video who writhed around naked in mud.
As the act writhed on and the Eurotrash dance mix pounded away, I suddenly discovered a fascinating pattern in the lining of my jacket.