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writhe
used in Arrowsmith

7 uses
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Definition
to move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
  • They writhed, clawed their hair, scratched their chins, bit their fingers, and beat their temples in the endeavor to give the right answer before Angus Duer should read it to them out of the textbook.
    Chapter 3 (61% in)
  • In the effort to expel her breath she writhed into terrifying knots, then coughed up saliva dotted with grayish specks.
    Chapter 15 (53% in)
  • He was going to be trapped in his bed, be smothered, die writhing.
    Chapter 28 (83% in)
  • It was two nights afterward that there writhed into the Ice House a rumor that George William Vertigan was dead.
    Chapter 31 (91% in)
  • She sat on the porch, staring at the shadowy roofs of Blackwater below, sure that she felt a "miasm" writhing up through the hot darkness.
    Chapter 35 (25% in)
  • The floor of the bedroom was an endless heaving sea, the hall a writhing dimness, and by the kitchen door she dropped and lay for an hour, whimpering.
    Chapter 35 (38% in)
  • But when he had missed four dinners in succession; when she had raged, "Can you imagine how awful it was for Mrs. Thorn to be short a man at the last moment?" when she had wailed, "I didn't so much mind your rudeness on the other nights, but this evening, when I had nothing to do and sat home alone and waited for you"—then he writhed.
    Chapter 38 (75% in)

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