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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

  5. 5

    the twist

    music a dance to fast music that was popular in the 1960s, in which people twist their bodies from side to side

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