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noun [countable] twist pronunciation in British English /twɪst/
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  1. 1
    a movement in which you turn a part of your body round so that it is out of its normal position
    With a quick twist of his wrist, he turned the handle.
    1. a.
      a movement in which you turn something in a circle with your hands or fingers
      He gave the tap a firm twist, and the dripping stopped.
  2. 2
    a bend in a road or a river
    A twist in the road hid them from view.
    twists and turns: The island roads are full of twists and turns.
  3. 3
    a sudden unexpected change in a situation
    The long-running saga took a new twist this week.
    twist to: There has been a new twist to the crisis this week.
    twist in: This is the final tragic twist in a long story.
    a twist of fate/fortune: His injury was a cruel twist of fate for the team.
  4. 4
    a small piece of something
    twist of: vodka with a twist of lemon


  • round the twist

    British informal
    You’d think I was round the twist if I told you.
    drive someone round the twist (=make someone become crazy): He’s driving me round the twist with all these questions.
    go round the twist (=become crazy): I felt as if I was going round the twist.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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