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writhe
used in 1984 by Orwell

3 uses
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Definition
to move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
  • His soul writhed with boredom, but for once he had had no impulse to shirk his evening at the center.
    p. 109.4
  • In the face of pain there are no heroes, no heroes, he thought over and over as he writhed on the floor, clutching uselessly at his disabled left arm.
    p. 239.6
  • There were times when he rolled about the floor, as shameless as an animal, writhing his body this way and that in an endless, hopeless effort to dodge the kicks, and simply inviting more and yet more kicks, in his ribs, in his belly, on his elbows, on his shins, in his groin, in his testicles, on the bone at the base of his spine.
    p. 240.5

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