Oliver Twist


noun
  1. a novel (1838) by Dickens.

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How to use Oliver Twist in a sentence

  • Oliver Twist grew up in the peaceful and happy home of Mrs. Maylie, under the tender affection of two good women.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol III | Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • For the first six months after Oliver Twist was removed, the system was in full operation.

    Oliver Twist, Vol. I (of 3) | Charles Dickens
  • And when are you going to hear a full, true, and particular account of the life and adventures of Oliver Twist?

    Oliver Twist, Vol. I (of 3) | Charles Dickens
  • Come, said Mr. Brownlow, these are not the characteristics of young Oliver Twist; so he neednt excite your wrath.

    Oliver Twist, Vol. I (of 3) | Charles Dickens
  • If you are ever lucky enough to feast on a canvas-back roasted as above, you will be apt to borrow a leaf from Oliver Twist.

    Woodcraft and Camping | George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)

Cultural definitions for Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

(1838) A novel by Charles Dickens; the title character is an orphan boy. In one famous scene, Oliver is severely punished for asking for more gruel, or porridge (“Please, sir, I want some more”). Oliver later becomes a pickpocket in a gang of young thieves led by Fagin. Violent in plot, the book exposes the inadequacies of British public institutions for dealing with the poverty of children like Oliver.

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