[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. twist tie,
  2. twisted,
  3. twisted hairs,
  4. twisted stomach worm,
  5. twister,
  6. twistingly,
  7. twisty,
  8. twit,
  9. twitch,
  10. twitch grass

Origin of twisting

First recorded in 1905–10; twist + -ing1


[ 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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/ (twɪst) /



Derived Forms

Word Origin for twist

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

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