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Word: writhe

Definition: twist in coils; contort in pain


Sentences Containing 'writhe'

'At any rate,' observed Uriah, with a writhe of his ungainly person, 'we may keep the door shut.
'I should like to, very much,' replied Uriah, with a writhe.
'If I may umbly make the remark,' said Uriah Heep, with a writhe, 'I fully agree with Miss Betsey Trotwood, and should be only too appy if Miss Agnes was a partner.'
At every question he gave me a fleshy cut with it that made me writhe; so I was very soon made free of Salem House (as Steerforth said), and was very soon in tears also.
He knew us directly; and said, as he came out--with the old writhe,-- 'How do you do, Mr. Copperfield?
One Thursday morning, when I was about to walk with Mr. Dick from the hotel to the coach office before going back to school (for we had an hour's school before breakfast), I met Uriah in the street, who reminded me of the promise I had made to take tea with himself and his mother: adding, with a writhe, 'But I didn't expect you to keep it, Master Copperfield, we're so very umble.'
Uriah, with his long hands slowly twining over one another, made a ghastly writhe from the waist upwards, to express his concurrence in this estimation of me.

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