writhe with

writhe with (something)

1. To contain people or things moving in twisting, contorted, or squirming motions. I looked at the tub of dirt writhing with worms and nearly got sick. The mosh pit at the heavy metal concert writhed with about 200 people dancing their guts out.
2. To suffer intense physical or mental distress as a result of some physical or emotional stimulus. The patient writhed with pain as the disease made its way up her spinal column. The audience sat in their chairs writhing with discomfort during the gory film.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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