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writhe in (something)

1. To move in twisting, contorted, or squirming motions within something. I looked at the worms writhing in the tub of dirt and nearly got sick. There were about 200 people writhing in the mosh pit at the heavy metal concert.
2. To suffer intense physical or mental distress as a result of some physical or emotional stimulus. The patient writhed in pain as the disease made its way up her spinal column. The audience sat in their chairs writhing in discomfort during the gory film.
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writhe under (something)

1. To move in twisting, contorted, or squirming motions due to the pain of some kind of physical assault. I'll never forget the sight of my brother writhing under the blows from our father's belt. The soldier writhed under the lash of his captors' whips.
2. To suffer intense mental distress as a result of some oppressive external force. The troublesome boys began to writhe under the stern eye of their teacher. I could tell she was writhing under all the attention being focused on her. Tom writhed under the boss's insults during the meeting, but didn't utter a word.
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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Table 1: Effect of different drugs in acetic acid-induced writhing models in mice Groups (n = 06 Number of writhes Percentage animals) (in 10 min) analgesia (%) Control (normal 20.50 [+ or -] 0.7638 -- saline 2 ml/kg i.p.) Aspirin (100 5.500 [+ or -] 0.5627 *# 73.17 mg/kg i.p.) Minocycline (100 8.333 [+ or -] 0.6667 * 59.36 mg/kg i.p.) Values are mean[+ or -]SEM (standard error of mean), n = 06 in each group.
serpens in acetic acid induced writhing test at various doses (100, 200 and 300 mg/kg i.p.) are shown in Table-1.
The test drug at doses of 200 mg/kg, 400 mg/kg and 600 mg/kg significantly (p<0.001) inhibited the writhing counts and showed 28.75%, 31.17%, and 40.71% inhibition of writhing movements.
A study was carried out by Singh et al., in 2005, which showed that Zileuton, 5-LOX inhibitor and cysteinyl LT receptor antagonists, montelukast, Zafirlukast inhibited the number of writhes in acetic acid-induced writhing method but did not show analgesic activity in tail flick and hot plate methods.
In writhing test, a noxious chemical stimulus (acetic acid) administered intra- peritoneally resulted in abdominal constriction [18].
Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, 18, caused a storm by writhing on a pole in sexuallycharged performances for her Can't Be Tamed tour.
I wound up sprawled on my back, and the cyclist, also downed, was writhing in pain.
With the Westminster Government writhing under the weight of huge debts, necessitating savage spending cuts in education and other essential services, where do they find, for instance, millions for 'scrap an old car scheme' or millions to upgrade helicopters to be used to fight people in a far off country?
Mark Drew, 27, was driven to hospital writhing in agony the day after he returned to his Gloucestershire home from Vilamoura in Portugal.
One of the men grabbed the pensioner from behind but was flipped over his shoulder and left writhing in agony.
Researchers can now explain how a male bee looking for love out in the desert can be misguided enough to embrace a writhing clump of beetle larvae instead of a female bee.
Police there are hunting the home brewer whose methanol-based swally has so far claimed 30 lives - with a 100 more still writhing in hospital.
But if freedoms what's at issue, then the right should be writhing over the preternatural growth of state "security" and surveillance functions.
"They're sort of like 19th-century S/M illustrations, full of beautiful naked bodies writhing and suffering," he says gleefully, "and it's very obvious the artist had a fun time drawing them.