Synonyms of twist
1 coilDictionary • She twisted her hair into a bun.
coil • He turned off the water and began to coil the hose.
curl • Smoke was curling up the chimney.
wind • She wound the sash round her waist.
wrap • She wrapped a handkerchief round her bleeding hand.
screw • Screw down the lid fairly tightly.
twirl • She twirled an empty glass in her fingers.
2 intertwineDictionary • The fibres are twisted together during spinning.
intertwine • Trees and creepers intertwined, blocking our way.
weave • She then weaves the fibres together to make the traditional Awatum basket.
braid • She had almost finished braiding Louisa's hair.
interweave • The programme successfully interweaves words and pictures.
entwine • He entwined his fingers with hers.
twine • He twined his fingers into hers.
wreathe • The temple's huge columns were wreathed in laurels.
3 turn (round) • Hold your arms straight out and twist to the right and left.
rotate • The earth rotates round the sun.
pivot • The boat pivoted on its central axis.
revolve • The entire circle revolved slowly.
4 distortDictionary • The car was left a mess of twisted metal.
distort • Make sure the image isn't distorted by lumps and bumps.
contort • His face contorts as he screams out the lyrics.
mangle • His body was mangled beyond recognition.
mangulate (Australian, slang)
5 sprainDictionary • He fell and twisted his ankle.
sprain • He fell and sprained his ankle.
turn • I had to come off because I turned my ankle in the first half.
wrench • He had wrenched his ankle badly in the fall.
6 windDictionary • The road twists and turns between pleasant little cottages.
wind • The Moselle winds through some 160 miles of tranquil countryside.
turn • the corner where our street turns into the main road
bend • The road bent slightly to the right.
curve • The track curved away below him.
snake • The road snaked through the forested mountains.
weave • The cyclists wove in and out of the traffic.
loop • The helicopter looped west, making for the hills.
swerve • Drivers swerved to avoid the debris.
meander • The river meandered in lazy curves.
7 misrepresentDictionary • It's a shame the way the media can twist your words.
misrepresent • The extent of the current strike is being misrepresented.
distort • The media distorts reality.
misquote • His letter was misquoted.
alter • Little had altered in the village.
change • We are trying to detect and understand how the climate changes.
pervert • officers attempting to pervert the course of justice
warp • Their minds have been warped by their experiences.
falsify • The charges against him include fraud, bribery, and falsifying business records.
8 squirmDictionary • He tried to twist out of my grasp.
squirm • He gave a feeble shrug and tried to squirm free.
wriggle • The audience were fidgeting and wriggling in their seats.
writhe • He was writhing on the floor in agony.
1 surpriseDictionary • This little story has a twist in its tail.
surprise • It is perhaps no surprise to see her attempting a comeback.
turn (informal) • It gave me quite a turn.
development • There has been a significant development in the case.
2 developmentDictionary • The battle of the sexes took on a new twist.
slant • They give a slant to every single news item that's put on the air.
3 windDictionary • The bag is resealed with a simple twist of the valve.
turn • The rear sprocket will turn only twice for one turn of the pedals.
spin • a spin of the roulette wheel
swivel • a slight swivel of the hips
twirl • with a twirl of his silver-handled cane
4 coilDictionary • the bare bulb hanging from a twist of flex
coil • Tod slung the coil of rope over his shoulder.
curl • A thick curl of smoke rose from the rusty stove.
hank • He twisted up the hank of rope.
5 curveDictionary • the twists and turns of the existing track
curve • a curve in the road
turn • There was a hairpin turn in the road.
bend • The crash occurred on a sharp bend.
loop • She reached for a loop of garden hose.
arc • The 71 offices are spread out in an arc around London.
meander • The outer bank of a meander in the river.
convolution • the size, shape and convolutions of the human brain
6 traitDictionary • If only she could alter this personality twist.
trait • Creativity is a human trait.
fault • His manners always made her blind to his faults.
defect • The report pointed out the defects in the present system.
peculiarity • He had many little peculiarities.
characteristic • Genes determine the characteristics of every living thing.
flaw • The only flaw in his character is a short temper.
quirk • the quirks and foibles of people in everyday situations
eccentricity • We all have our little eccentricities.
oddity • the oddities of the Welsh legal system
aberration • The incident was not just an aberration, not just a single incident.
imperfection • He concedes that there are imperfections in the socialist system.
kink • What kink did he have in his character?
foible • human foibles and weaknesses
idiosyncrasy • One of his idiosyncrasies was to wear orange gloves.
proclivity (formal) • He was indulging his peculiar sexual proclivities.
7 sprainDictionary • A twist of the ankle denied him a place on the substitutes' bench.
pull • The tooth must be removed with a firm, straight pull.
jerk • He gave the dog's lead a jerk.
wrench • The rope stopped his fall with a wrench that broke his neck.
tangle • a tangle of wires
mess • Linda can't stand mess.
mix-up • a mix-up over travel arrangements
snarl • a snarl of logs and branches
kink • a tiny black kitten with tufted ears and a kink in her tail
entanglement • trying to do his job without the usual bureaucratic entanglements
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aberrationAn aberration is an incident or way of behaving that is not typical.
• The incident was not just an aberration, not just a single incident.
• Little had altered in the village.
arcAn arc is a smoothly curving line or movement.
• The 71 offices are spread out in an arc around London.
Thesaurus for twist from the Collins English Thesaurus
to cause (one end or part) to turn or (of one end or part) to turn in the opposite direction from another; coil or spin
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