twist into

twist into (something)

1. To contort or bend into a particular shape or position. The application of an electrical current causes the wire to twist into spiral. The villain's lips twisted into an evil grin.
2. To wrench or bend someone, something, or oneself into some shape, figure, or position. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "twist" and "into." He twisted the wire into a rudimentary fishhook. The street performer was able to twist himself into the most unbelievable positions.
3. To alter, distort, or misrepresent the intended meaning of something in order to create something different. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "twist" and "into." You keep trying to twist my words into a confession, but I'm telling you that I'm innocent! His book twists the country's history into a narrative of conspiracies and cover-ups.
4. To put someone or oneself into some extreme negative physical or emotional condition. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "twist" and "into." The cramps in my stomach were twisting me into a ball of pain. He's been twisting himself into knots of guilt and anxiety over the whole thing.
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twist something into something

to change or distort something into something else, as if by twisting. Kelly twisted the balloons into the shape of a dog. Ann twisted the silver wires into an earring.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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