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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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But the patience of both birds has now paid off and Chester Zoo is marking the arrival of the first Visayan tarictic hornbill and writhed hornbill chicks to be hatched in the UK.
Set to a New Age-y soundscape, dancers writhed, convulsed, and behaved as if they were diseased, an effect underscored by their sickly green unitards.
Builder Matt, 17, tried to pull it out as he writhed in agony.
The 47-year-old Kabbalah queen writhed with dancers during her first live performance of her new single Hung Up and, of course, the crowd went wild.
[NY] She writhed through a sinuous dance worthy of Salome and stripped down to skimpy hits of chiffon.
The Dirrty singer lit up the catwalk yesterday as she writhed around in this stunning Wild West-style leather dress.
The Dirrty singer lit up Milan Fashion Week yesterday as she writhed around in this Wild West-style leather dress.
He writhed and rocked with the rocking of an imagined ship.
The sexy singer writhed with chains and whips flanked by eight hunky male dancers.
A source told us: "The band won't be copying the girls from the original video who writhed around naked in mud."