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1. To rotate from side to side. I kept twisting around trying to see where the noise had come from, but I couldn't see anything.
2. To rotate something in a circular motion. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "twist" and "around." The owl is able to twist its head around 180 degrees.
3. To squirm, writhe, or wriggle around. The worm twisted around in my hand. I was trying to get my daughter dressed for school, but she kept twisting around the whole time.
4. To move or progress in a winding, meandering course around or throughout something. I hate the way these roads twist around the mountain like this. It always makes me carsick having to drive through them. The stream twists around the forest before eventually merging with the Colorado River further down the valley.
5. To encircle, wrap, or coil around someone or something. Black smoke twisted around the tower as the fire spread through its lower levels. The huge anaconda twisted around Tom, squeezing the life out of him.
6. To wrap or coil something around someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "twist" and "around." He twisted the cable around his arm and pulled as hard as he could. The plant twists its vines around the branches of the tallest trees to reach the sunshine above the canopy of the jungle. She twisted the rope around the hostage, making sure that the man couldn't move.
7. To alter, distort, or misrepresent the intended meaning of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "twist" and "around." No, that's not what I meant—stop twisting my words around! You can't just twist around the author's words to fit the agenda of your essay.
twist something around someone or something
to wrap something around someone or something. Max twisted the wire around Lefty, and totally immobilized him. I twisted the rope around the post and tied a knot.
to turn around part way at the waist, without moving one's feet or legs. Nancy twisted around to get a better look at who was sitting behind her. I had to twist around to see who was there.