[ twis-ting ]
/ ˈtwɪs tɪŋ /


the practice of an insurance agent of tricking the holder of a life insurance policy into letting it lapse so that the insured will replace it with one of a company represented by the agent.

Origin of twisting

First recorded in 1905–10; twist + -ing1

Definition for twisting (2 of 2)

[ twist ]
/ twɪst /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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 twisting

/ (twɪst) /



Derived forms of twist

Word Origin for twist

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