[ twist ]
/ twɪst /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. twins,
  2. twinset,
  3. twirl,
  4. twirler,
  5. twirp,
  6. twist around one's finger,
  7. twist drill,
  8. twist grip,
  9. twist in the wind,
  10. twist someone's arm


    twist one's arm, Informal. to coerce: I didn't want to go, but he twisted my arm.

Origin of twist

1300–50; Middle English twisten to divide, derivative of twist divided object, rope (compare Old English -twist in candel-twist pair of snuffers); cognate with Dutch twisten to quarrel, German Zwist a quarrel. See twi-

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British Dictionary definitions for twist one's arm


/ (twɪst) /



Derived Forms

Word Origin for twist

Old English; related to German dialect Zwist a quarrel, Dutch twisten to quarrel

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Word Origin and History for twist one's arm
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