coil around

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coil around (someone or something)

To twist around someone or something. A reflexive pronoun can be used between "coil" and "around." The explorer froze when he felt the snake coil itself around his leg. That vine is now coiling around the tree—is there any way I can move it?
See also: around, coil
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

coil (itself) around someone or something

[for something or an animal] to wrap itself around someone or something. The monkey's tail coiled itself around the branch. The huge python coiled around poor Roger.
See also: around, coil
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A good way to tell if your clay is moist enough is to roll a coil the size of your finger and then wrap that coil around your finger.
That's not enough for me, he said, and will say again when the cancer comes back to coil around his belly and squeeze hard like a python set free and starving in the swamp.
Watching him tighten his evil coil around Lesgate, by slowly disclosing everything he knows about him, is delectably pleasurable.
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Females coil around the eggs to protect them and keep them warm through using muscular contractions to generate heat.
of wire random-wound in a one-way coil around a cardboard former.
The collection includes dainty, jewel-encrusted snakes which coil around fingers, wrists or dangle around the necks of both children and adults.
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The hoses of the hookahs coil around the lavish water pipes like a nest of serpents while the alluring Arabic music all but charms them from their perches.
her hands, that steady, her hair, self-contained in a coil around her