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  • Lex shouted "What did you do!" but almost immediately the image came back and they could see that the raptors were caught between the bars, writhing and screaming in a hot cascade of sparks while Muldoon and the others cheered, their voices tinny over the radio.†   (source)
  • But no matter how Spitz circled, Joe whirled around on his heels to face him, mane bristling, ears laid back, lips writhing and snarling, jaws clipping together as fast as he could snap, and eyes diabolically gleaming—the incarnation of belligerent fear.   (source)
  • See our line across the plain,
    Like a heel-rope bent again,
    Reaching, writhing, rolling far,
    Sweeping all away to war!   (source)
    writhing = moving in a twisting motion
  • 'Phil and I are going away. And we shan't untie you till you promise never, never to talk to us about blood and wounds unless we say you may. Come, Phil!'
      'You beast!' said Peter, writhing.   (source)
    writhing = moving in a twisting or contorted motion
  • She was doing a lot of writhing.†   (source)
  • Even before they'd stopped writhing, the dogs were tearing at them.†   (source)
  • He was writhing and whimpering in a dark pool of his own blood when we'd gotten to him Pam had managed to triage the deep wound between his shoulder and neck, but he'd lost a lot of blood.†   (source)
  • I walk to the center of the arena and my guts writhe as Peter comes toward me, taller than I remembered, arm muscles standing at attention.†   (source)
  • His body was sprawled and writhing at the foot of the stairs.†   (source)
  • It was a writhing mass of pure muscle, so big its tail stuck out from beneath me, pounding hard against the raft.†   (source)
  • The two Specials guarding them glanced at the still writhing figure.†   (source)
  • Walter would often go to extremes, stripping Edith naked and beating her until she writhed on the floor in pain while her children looked on fearfully.†   (source)
  • As they were mute there were no screams of pain and the men watched them burn and writhe and blacken in just such silence themselves and they disbanded in silence in the winter dusk each with his own thoughts to go home to their suppers.†   (source)
  • Her hair was moving, writhing like serpents.†   (source)
  • A twisted, pale figure writhing in agony, chest bare and hideous.†   (source)
  • The second officer staggered to his feet in the doorway, and Silas drove a knee into his groin, then went clambering over the writhing body into the hall.†   (source)
  • With the three of us it should have been easy, but Lucy was writhing so that her arms and legs would slip from our hands.†   (source)
  • She wanted to see that Owens kid, who she blamed for everything that had happened to her so far, writhing in miserable agony.†   (source)
  • They moved as one, not so much dancing as writhing to the beat.†   (source)
  • As he writhed slowly on his back near the coals, his heart pounded a steady beat like a distant drum.†   (source)
  • All we knew was that suddenly Goliath was on the floor writhing and screaming, and his right foot looked all wrong, and the Sun Valley coaches and trainer and players were sprinting across the floor.†   (source)
  • The Darkness seemed to seethe and writhe.†   (source)
  • "That's what happens to deserters in my army!" he cried, and tossed the crippled figure into the grass, where it writhed grotesquely as the others fell upon it.†   (source)
  • The future seemed to clamp down upon me like an iron lid, but the past dissolved beneath my feet into something writhing and fluid, and at the center of it, the most changed thing of all, was Rose herself.†   (source)
  • And though she writhed and twisted, swung her fists, and kicked her feet, she could do nothing to stop them.†   (source)
  • Owen didn't look much like GOD'S INSTRUMENT in his fallen position—holding his knee, which he'd twisted in his fall, and writhing around on the gym floor under the basket.†   (source)
  • My mother must be writhing in her grave!†   (source)
  • Arya could see a wisp of grey smoke drifting up off the torch, writhing like a snake as it rose.†   (source)
  • She pressed her hands against the blood, because that's what you were supposed to do, wasn't it, but he writhed and screamed in agony.†   (source)
  • Oompa has sidled closer to me, right next to Nugget, who's holding on to my legs with both hands now and peeking around my hip at Tank writhing on the barracks floor.†   (source)
  • You—" Finnick tosses her writhing body over his shoulder and carries her out into the water and repeatedly dunks her while she screams a lot of really insulting things at me.†   (source)
  • As her approach altered her angle of view, the revelers on the lid of an ancient trousseau chest writhed into dance steps.†   (source)
  • My body was writhing as if I were seized by a terrible pain.†   (source)
  • The inconvenience of having to swarm around the writhing bodies stirred grumbles from the shoppers, and Cinder adored the children for it.†   (source)
  • Sometimes I swear I can feel it writhing in my veins like something spoiled, like sour milk.†   (source)
  • Ralph twisted sideways on top of a writhing body and felt hot breath on his cheek.†   (source)
  • A writhing mass of painted snakes emerges on all the walls.†   (source)
  • And then he was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling gibbering manikin, no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire on him, There was a hiss like a great mouthful of spittle banging a red-hot stove, a bubbling and frothing as if salt had been poured over a monstrous black snail to cause a terrible liquefaction and a boiling over of yellow foam.†   (source)
  • After one shocked stare, the family downed the mess in a silence that made Kit writhe.†   (source)
  • He moaned, writhing in pain on the ground.†   (source)
  • The victim writhed on the ground, holding his stomach.†   (source)
  • The writhing loathsomeness of the biological order.†   (source)
  • Tearing the snakes frantically from itself, the figure collapsed and died in a writhing heap of small serpents.†   (source)
  • Flames writhed inside a fireplace, before which sat a rotund woman in a wicker rocking chair-the town healer, Gertrude.†   (source)
  • The canvas overflowed with bright figures in swirling robes, writhing around long pillars and off marbled balconies.†   (source)
  • Prepare to writhe in jealousy.†   (source)
  • Then the muscles began to work, began to writhe under the skin, the mouth began to tremble infirmly, the Adam's apple began to rise and fall.†   (source)
  • A few moments later, two nurses wheeled the gurney through the curtain, and I saw Colton writhing.†   (source)
  • He writhes in pain and quickly rips them from his face.†   (source)
  • Father Hoyt was on his knees, writhing in the center of the grass carpet.†   (source)
  • He also took delight in seeing me writhe in pain, cry or cower, vulnerable to his own inflated sense of power.†   (source)
  • The tail writhes and lashes like a snake, uncoils itself, rises up off the Rat Thing's body, gets out of the way of its legs.†   (source)
  • Women were left writhing in their blood in the summer heat, and given no help.†   (source)
  • Tendrils and wisps of green mist gathered in Fleming's palms, then curled in ornate patterns and drifted onto the floor, where they writhed like serpents.†   (source)
  • Something rough and writhing surged up out of my throat and I retched, and gasped convulsively.†   (source)
  • To show what a man like Hatter could do, she described the injured card soldiers writhing on the floor of Heart Palace, hands pressed against their wounds and blood pulsing out between worrying fingers.†   (source)
  • Something so vile and disgusting, it would make them all blow their cookies and writhe in agony!†   (source)
  • She was soaking wet, drenched in her own sweat and writhing in pain.†   (source)
  • Then all of them joined in kicking XXXXXXXXXX until he was writhing in agony on the floor.†   (source)
  • Nothing stood still, no man or beast, not even the grass that writhed beneath the shadow, dark and ravenous.†   (source)
  • I wouldn't....: She writhed in his tight grasp.†   (source)
  • He hit the ground, writhing, the hated metal biting deep into his skin.†   (source)
  • The flames raced the length of the lawn fabric; they sprang up to the dangling paper patterns and danced from one to the next, the patterns writhing down to ash and spitting off more flames.†   (source)
  • The inkvine scar along his jawline writhed as he turned, casting a smile across the room.†   (source)
  • It flew straight down from the sky in drops the size of coffee saucers and hit the hot sidewalks with a hiss that sent clouds of steam writhing up from the gleaming, dark concrete.†   (source)
  • Steam mists and writhes around the room.†   (source)
  • He wanted to do it, feel her writhing and kicking at his knees, squirming as she fought for air.†   (source)
  • Florentino Ariza, who had never lost the timidity of a novice even in comfortable circumstances, risked a superficial caress on her neck with the tips of his fingers, and she writhed and moaned like a spoiled child and did not stop crying.†   (source)
  • So each night, the Count's discomforts, which made Westley writhe and twist, were really sort of all right.†   (source)
  • To indulge us, some of them even fell down and writhed convincingly on the Club House's vast manicured lawn.†   (source)
  • He writhed against the glass.†   (source)
  • With two strong fingers his father gripped the snake tightly behind its open jaw and picked it up: cool, dry, writhing like a whip.†   (source)
  • Falling to the ground, his face stained by the soup, the man writhed a few seconds at the base of the cauldron, and then he was still.†   (source)
  • They were sweating together now, somewhere, writhing in sheets, bodies intertwined.†   (source)
  • Ambiades's contempt made Sophos writhe.†   (source)
  • And she will accept the strangely pleasant sensation that comes when he writhes beneath her hand and flattens his eyes with a surfeit of sensual delight.†   (source)
  • Now her burning body writhed on the floor, reeking of spoiled meat and decay, which was all that was left of her lifeless shell.†   (source)
  • But his stomach writhed at the thought of his mom knowing what he'd really done to save Clarke.†   (source)
  • Beneath some wreckage, she saw first the broken arm, then the writhing body of her niece, her head bent back, her hair singed, both her eye sockets blown out.†   (source)
  • I writhe down his body to the beat.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, Wells' passage across the courtroom toward the witness stand was oddly stealthy-as though he expected to encounter an assassin along the way-and, as he walked past Hickock, Hickock's lips writhed as he whispered a few atrocious words.†   (source)
  • July quickly handcuffed Jim, who was still writhing around on the grass.†   (source)
  • I flipped through the next few, which featured a couple of group poses, Elinor writhing on the floor and, finally, Angela in the outfit I'd picked out for her.†   (source)
  • With a high keening sound, Pippa falls to the floor, her body writhing and jerking in what seems like agony.†   (source)
  • He writhed in agony and she heard his screams of terror and pain.†   (source)
  • Edgar hates Harry Truman, he would like to see him writhing on a parquet floor, felled by chest pains, but he can hardly fault the President's timing.†   (source)
  • He was writhing and moaning as he looked at Jenks.†   (source)
  • She turned to Johnnie feverishly, like a thing that writhes on the rack and seeks an easier position.†   (source)
  • In the time it takes me to gasp, the Mask has shoved my brother's face into the sandy ground and pinned his writhing body with a knee.†   (source)
  • She writhed in agony, moaning constantly in Farsi, "I am going to die.†   (source)
  • The others followed suit, and soon Max writhed and chuckled beneath the Lilliputian assault.†   (source)
  • I saw only one, my whole life, a fat gray snake writhing in the sky over the Crystal Springs community, not far from home.†   (source)
  • As a child, I so badly wanted to be with him, but watching Father's body writhe as he struggled to breathe, I so desperately wanted to flee.†   (source)
  • He began writhing convulsively.†   (source)
  • They picked a way among the trees, and their ponies plodded along, carefully avoiding the many writhing and interlacing roots.†   (source)
  • Snarling through a catacomb of sculpted black and brown boulders, down in the dank recesses where sunlight rarely reached, the mud-brown Braldu looked like a writhing serpent.†   (source)
  • But Ira had the screams of dying men in his head now; his hands had held that bayonet with a struggling, writhing human impaled on it.†   (source)
  • The rest of the midway—so recently writhing with people—was empty but for a handful of employees and a small group of men waiting to be led to the cooch tent.†   (source)
  • The image of his teacher writhing on the floor to get out of a beating made Lorenzo giggle.†   (source)
  • I couldn't rid my mind of images of her body writhing in pleasure against mine.†   (source)
  • Wilbur went over backwards, writhing and twisting as he went.†   (source)
  • He rinsed each leech in a cup of water and dropped it into a leather pouch alive with writhing lobes.†   (source)
  • His moustache writhed on his lip like a threatened caterpillar.†   (source)
  • Once one of the sacks writhed and wiggled its way off the wagon and into the street, but we got it back on and down the path to the Captain's dock.†   (source)
  • Bourne fired again, hitting the man in the thigh; he collapsed on the floor, writhing, cringing.†   (source)
  • Then it flops and writhes on the glass shards, bleeding all over them.†   (source)
  • My muscles jumped, my nerves jangled, writhed.†   (source)
  • After they had left, and the man was writhing on his back on the ground, the talking head laughed at him and said: 'Didn't I tell you that you would be killed by your own tongue?'†   (source)
  • If not for the fifteen years of training, I would have writhed on the floor; I would have had to be held down.†   (source)
  • It writhes, and I tighten the grip, as one holds a serpent.†   (source)
  • I began to wonder: had I too, caught a butterfly who would writhe on a needle?†   (source)
  • He saw a lout scurrying across a patch of lamplight, swinging a length of pipe at a wall of glass panes, battering them down with an animal relish, dancing like a gorilla to the sound of crashing glass, until three husky human figures descended upon him, carrying him writhing to the ground.†   (source)
  • She writhed against him, against herself as he suckled, so gently at first it was torture, then harder, faster until she had to bite back a scream.†   (source)
  • For the Faun was holding both his horns with his hands as if he were trying to keep his head on by them and writhing to and fro as if he had a pain in his inside.†   (source)
  • And now it is Odin who lies writhing in torment.†   (source)
  • As we ran I continued to blow the whistle and the quig kept writhing in agony.†   (source)
  • Angel writhed but did not wake.†   (source)
  • The panther understood, too, for it bolted away, clearing the writhing form of Biggrin with one great bound, and charged out of the cave to give chase to the escaping verbeeg.†   (source)
  • The man fell on top of him, twitching and writhing.†   (source)
  • It writhed, dropped, rose, and fell again, catching the light like chain mail or dulled sequins.†   (source)
  • The flames in the oil lamps, which had been steady, flared and writhed in the tall glass chimneys, drawn upward by a draft that Joe could not feel.†   (source)
  • It leapt, writhing into the air and landed on all fours, facing me still, with its yellow eyes glaring.†   (source)
  • He looks like a colorless worm, writhing on his stomach in a synthetic tan suit with precisely matching socks, his steel glasses smashed against the pavement.†   (source)
  • He pulled his knees up to his belly and writhed in the bed, fighting back the gagging.†   (source)
  • The north wind gusted again, stoking the fire and sending my hair writhing in all directions.†   (source)
  • I imagined her pulling her cotton gown close around her as she slid under the thick spread; she would lie there as still as death, eyes on the ceiling, hands on her chest, and she would not move once while waiting for my father, who tossed and turned and doodled, writhed and coughed and dreamed in his ink-stained leather chair.†   (source)
  • On the south-west corner of some charts are satyrs, hoof deep in foam, listening to the sound of the island, their tails writhing in the waves.†   (source)
  • What was left was a molten piece of iron that looked a good bit like a noodle writhing in vacuum as various vectors.†   (source)
  • And now, as though on cue, it all turned — in an instant — to writhing cinder.†   (source)
  • The girl was writhing in pain, unable to listen to me and pushing too much, pushing when she shouldn't have been, and as the precious minutes passed, the foot grew grayer and bluer and I knew I would have to open her up and lift the baby out.†   (source)
  • For all eternity, let his soul writhe in anguish and damnation— RACHEL No!†   (source)
  • On Halloween the trick-or-treaters would have to bat their way through diaphanous veils, the older ones laughing but the younger ones on the edge of panic, particularly if the night was windy and the cheesecloth was lifting and writhing and wrapping itself around them.†   (source)
  • But they let us writhe and maneuver like worms in a can until at last all of us could see the speaker, who stood rigidly on the table slapping his open palm with a swagger stick.†   (source)
  • The head dropped to the ground three or four feet away from the writhing body.†   (source)
  • I just nodded as I leaned my weight over the wooden rail, trying to distract my mind from the writhing in my stomach.†   (source)
  • She peered through the tinted window, through the tinted veil of her abaya, at the madness beyond—at the severed heads on iron skewers, at the bodies writhing on crosses, at the photos of faceless women in shop windows.†   (source)
  • Night did not stop us, and when my eyes ached and burned from peering too long and my shoulders were side hills of pain, I pulled into a turnout and crawled like a mole into my bed, only to see the highway writhe along behind my closed lids.†   (source)
  • Pozzo writhes, groans, beats the ground with his fists.†   (source)
  • ANNIE rises, crosses, takes her wrists, draws her resisting back to the table, seats her, and releases her hands upon her plate; as ANNIE herself begins to sit, HELEN writhes out of her chair, runs to the front door, and tugs and kicks at it.†   (source)
  • Writhing inwardly as I stood there, I held my breath and listened while Nathan continued.†   (source)
  • The creature's head was almost concealed beneath the writhing network of white, pulpy arms with which the giant squid was fighting desperately for life.†   (source)
  • "Who is that?" be asked, and I saw his body writhe.†   (source)
  • Luke writhed, banging the back of his head on the post he was tied to.†   (source)
  • He seems to be having a bad dream, and writhes in his sleep.†   (source)
  • On the rock next to hers, a mass of sunning rattlesnakes writhed and warned, coiling over each other, darting small black words.†   (source)
  • Mounted Cossacks and militiamen, leaning low out of their saddles and swinging their nagaikas, their horses writhing under them like snakes, galloped back and forth through the village, hunting for someone.†   (source)
  • She replied in kind to this constantly shifting, almost writhing pressure.†   (source)
  • Jock McGowan was writhing on the ground, face turned blue and gasping in the sort of paralysis induced by the poison used on darts.†   (source)
  • Victor writhed forward and set his teeth into the strap of the outer door.†   (source)
  • With heat, acid, stain, and scissors, he mutilated the game instructions; and every bum, every cut, every slash was a blow at D'Courtney's writhing body.†   (source)
  • She sat there writhing, twisting her hands.†   (source)
  • Her feet battered on the hay and she writhed to be free; and from under Lennie's hand came a muffled screaming.   (source)
    writhed = moved in a twisting motion
  • He managed to writhe over and hide his face against the wooden back of the settle.   (source)
    writhe = move in a twisting or contorted motion
  • And now again the music swells, and the dreams live, and writhe to and fro more merrily than ever,   (source)
    writhe = move in a twisting motion
  • His whole body was gathered compactly together in the tremendous effort, the muscles writhing and knotting like live things under the silky fur.   (source)
    writhing = moving in a twisting or contorted motion
  • Twice his teeth clipped together, like the steel jaws of a trap, as he backed away for better footing, with lean and lifting lips that writhed and snarled.   (source)
    writhed = moved in a twisting or contorted motion
  • Buck writhed his lips into the preliminary of a snarl, but sniffed noses with him, Whereupon the old wolf sat down, pointed nose at the moon, and broke out the long wolf howl.   (source)
  • his writhing stick.   (source)
    writhing = moving in a twisting motion
  • I just didn't want to spend my honeymoon writhing in pain.†   (source)
  • — became a rattlesnake, which slithered and writhed before — crack!†   (source)
  • The wolf writhed and fell, melting into a puddle of shadow.†   (source)
  • And of Alby writhing in bed back at the Homestead.†   (source)
  • Roots writhed across the forest floor, making an obstacle course of bumps, knots, and loops.†   (source)
  • The great wolf followed Taha Aki's spirit as he twisted and writhed in agony through the woods.†   (source)
  • It was full of what looked like foot-long maggots, slimy, white, and writhing.†   (source)
  • This time her agonized writhing is real.†   (source)
  • He lay on the ground, inside a small crater, writhing as he clutched his knee.†   (source)
  • It lay writhing, fingers opening and closing.†   (source)
  • The terrifying arm writhed like an angry snake trying to seize her.†   (source)
  • The camerlegno, still writhing on the floor, rolled and pointed frantically at Rocher.†   (source)
  • Its body tenses and it writhes in agony.†   (source)
  • I don't care," said Harry again, looking with disgust at the writhing, stamping house-elf.†   (source)
  • The Sleer writhed angrily, twining around the tiny chamber like ghost-smoke.†   (source)
  • At the same time, she writhed sinuously for Kinet's benefit.†   (source)
  • Her whole body writhed like a snake in its death throes.†   (source)
  • The second time he says it, a pile of wool off to his left begins to writhe and thrash around.†   (source)
  • In an instant the whole creature was in flames, a prancing, writhing pyre on the snow.†   (source)
  • He struck Raphael square in the chest, and the two went over in a writhing, snarling tangle.†   (source)
  • The mini-snakes writhed up and down the antenna right next to his ear.†   (source)
  • Castor and Pollux carry in a writhing Peeta between them.†   (source)
  • She writhed in his hands, fought to come up, but at last was still.†   (source)
  • The god screamed and writhed in his bonds.†   (source)
  • What?" he bellowed, writhing in his attempts to free himself from Ron's grip.†   (source)
  • He was writhing with all his might, trying to break free of Ron's grip.†   (source)
  • The whole beach seemed to squirm and writhe.†   (source)
  • Seeing them brought Ben back to his mind—along with the horrific image of him writhing in bed.†   (source)
  • Then, slowly, my writhing calmed as my hand grew more and more numb.†   (source)
  • A wretched squeal escaped his throat as he fell to the floor, writhing in a web of pure electricity.†   (source)
  • She writhed and managed to turn over halfway.†   (source)
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