1 twist /ˈtwɪst/ verb
twists; twisted; twisting
1 twist
twists; twisted; twisting
Learner's definition of TWIST
[+ object]
: to bend or turn (something) in order to change its shape
: to bend or turn (something) into a shape or position that is not normal or natural
: to turn (something) in a circular motion with your hand
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to pull off or break (something) by turning it often + off
[no object] : to turn a part of your body around : to change your position
[+ object] : to hurt (your ankle, knee, wrist, etc.) by turning it too far
[+ object] : to combine several threads or wires by wrapping them around one another
: to wrap or wind (something) around something
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to change the meaning of (something, such as a word) unfairly
[no object] : to curve or change direction suddenly

twist and turn

: to curve or change direction often
: to move with twisting motions : to be restless and to change position often

twist someone's arm

: to grab someone's arm and bend it in order to cause pain
informal : to try to force someone to do something
see also arm-twisting

twist the knife (in the wound)

see 1knife
2 twist /ˈtwɪst/ noun
plural twists
2 twist
plural twists
Learner's definition of TWIST
: an act of turning or twisting
: a turn, curve, or bend in a road, river, etc.
: an unexpected or strange occurrence
: something new created by changing something slightly
: a small piece of lemon or lime peel used to flavor a drink
the twist : a lively dance from the 1960s in which dancers twist their bodies quickly from side to side

get your knickers in a twist

see knickers

round the twist

British, informal
: crazy