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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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It was not very long, however, before such subject matter was reduced to a niche, a demographic, a booth at a book fair, and young gay writhers who began talking about "the ghetto" of gay literature were smart to add straight characters to the mix.
What brings together the writhers she takes up here--which, in addition to those already mentioned, include Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin, and a trio of "Tenderhearted Men," Raymond Carver, Andre Dubus, and Richard Ford--is something entirely other than the certainties provided by ideology; it is, rather, the conversion of "neurotic necessity into literary virtue.
And that decline may well continue while a majority of the population of the planet persists in wanting instant, if ultimately unsatisfying, sporting gratification, and `heroes' who gob, cheat and feign injury if an opponent so much as bumps into them (one day it might be amusing to put some of these professional writhers into a serious rugby match and see how they cope).