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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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References in classic literature ?
It appeared rather as an unclean and sinister cavern where men and women are haled by adverse fate to writhe ridiculously in the presence of uncompromising truth.
Let him writhe, in impotent malice, as we pen the words, WE WILL BE THERE.
His first thought was that the prostrate figure was that of some wounded or dying man, but as he watched it he saw it writhe along the ground and into the hall with the rapidity and noiselessness of a serpent.
He had got completely away from everyone, like a tortoise in its shell, and even the sight of a servant girl who had to wait upon him and looked sometimes into his room made him writhe with nervous irritation.
A blood-red thing that writhes from out The scenic solitude
It was a strength we are wont to associate with things primitive, with wild animals, and the creatures we imagine our tree-dwelling prototypes to have been--a strength savage, ferocious, alive in itself, the essence of life in that it is the potency of motion, the elemental stuff itself out of which the many forms of life have been moulded; in short, that which writhes in the body of a snake when the head is cut off, and the snake, as a snake, is dead, or which lingers in the shapeless lump of turtle-meat and recoils and quivers from the prod of a finger.
Emerging from multiple acute perspectives, characters writhe, snake, spew, thrust, stretch, and contort across the picture plane.
With flattened tails and valve-like nostrils that keep out seawater, sea snakes have evolved into fearsome swimmers, but writhe helplessly on land.
Director Sean Matthias and production designer Stephen Brimson Lewis have evocatively reimagined an abandoned Glasgow power plant as a corroded club paradise for Berlin's hedonists, where fire bursts and sparklers offer orgasmic exclamation as bald male dancers writhe in black evening gowns, couples of all configurations hump in alcoves, and Mick Jagger descends from a swing in full drag to croon about pretty men.
But not Britney Spears, who prefers to writhe around in front of 20,000 people.
Frail creature slip your shrivelled skin, Where soundly you have slept within, And writhe and twist to struggle free, While Nature waits expectantly, For time has kept her solemn vow, Unfastening your prison now, To lift you gently to the sky, An iridescent butterfly.
Jonny Evans' full-studded assault on Didier Drogba's chest, which saw him hit the deck like a sack of dung, writhe in agony and shake his legs like a porn star faking a direct hit on her G-spot.
In one circle of hell, Pope Boniface VIII and two recent Cardinals (Law and O'Connor) drool and and writhe, muttering perversions worthy of Sade as they wander among the bodies of some young new arrivals, preparing to molest their souls.
In bouts that can last 20 minutes to an hour, marine worms of the suborder Cotylea feint and writhe for position.
Next, Keller, her friend Patti-Rae Daniels and I will crawl, writhe and twist through the narrow passages and chambers on a three-hour guided tour that's a claustrophiliac's delight.