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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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But the patience of both birds has now paid off and Chester Zoo is marking the arrival of the first Visayan tarictic hornbill and writhed hornbill chicks to be hatched in the UK.
NY] She writhed through a sinuous dance worthy of Salome and stripped down to skimpy hits of chiffon.
As the act writhed on and the Eurotrash dance mix pounded away, I suddenly discovered a fascinating pattern in the lining of my jacket.
The Dirrty singer lit up Milan Fashion Week yesterday as she writhed around in this Wild West-style leather dress.
In an orgy of bodies, the dancers writhed and coupled chaotically--Sappington's choreography revealed a beautiful mass of independent movement groupings that was both disturbing and mesmerizing.
Scars seamed their faces; menacing tattoos writhed on their biceps.
The sexy singer writhed with chains and whips flanked by eight hunky male dancers.
He writhed and rocked with the rocking of an imagined ship.
Play was stopped twice in the first half as Estrada writhed on the ground in seemingly excruciating pain.
A source told us: "The band won't be copying the girls from the original video who writhed around naked in mud.
When the man drew closer to the women (as if to rape them), they writhed, screamed, clawed, and scrambled away.
Midfield hardman Talbot writhed in agony with his leg broken in two places after Robinson flew in with a sickening challenge AFTER referee George Cain had blown to stop play for a free-kick to Graham Taylor's side in Vale's 2-1 defeat on Tuesday.