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 for writhe
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Writhe \Writhe\, v. i.
     To twist or contort the body; to be distorted; as, to writhe
     with agony. Also used figuratively.
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           After every attempt, he felt that he had failed, and
           writhed with shame and vexation.         --Macaulay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Writhe \Writhe\, v. t. [imp. Writhed; p. p. Writhed, Obs. or
     Poetic Writhen; p. pr. & vb. n. Writhing.] [OE. writhen,
     AS. wr[imac]?an to twist; akin to OHG. r[imac]dan, Icel.
     r[imac]?a, Sw. vrida, Dan. vride. Cf. Wreathe, Wrest,
     Wroth.]
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     1. To twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to
        distort; to wring. "With writhing [turning] of a pin."
        --Chaucer.
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              Then Satan first knew pain,
              And writhed him to and fro.           --Milton.
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              Her mouth she writhed, her forehead taught to frown.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              His battle-writhen arms, and mighty hands.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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     2. To wrest; to distort; to pervert.
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              The reason which he yieldeth showeth the least part
              of his meaning to be that whereunto his words are
              writhed.                              --Hooker.
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     3. To extort; to wring; to wrest. [R.]
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              The nobility hesitated not to follow the example of
              their sovereign in writhing money from them by every
              species of oppression.                --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  writhe
      v 1: to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when
           struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The
           child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace" [syn:
           writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twist]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "writhe":
     ache, agonize, ail, anguish, bend, blanch, bleed, blench, buckle,
     contort, crook, crumple, distort, feel pain, feel the pangs,
     fidget, flinch, flip out, flutter, freak out on, get high on, glow,
     gnarl, go hard with, go pitapat, grimace, have a misery,
     have the fidgets, have the shakes, heave, hurt, jerk, knot,
     palpitate, pant, pound, quake, quaver, quiver, recoil, screw,
     shake, shiver, shoot, shrink, smart, spring, squiggle, squirm,
     suffer, suffer anguish, swell, swell with emotion, thrash, thrill,
     thrill to, throb, tingle, tingle with excitement, toss,
     toss and turn, tremble, tumble, turn, turn awry, turn on to,
     twinge, twist, twist and turn, twitch, twitter, wag, waggle, warp,
     wiggle, wince, worm, wrench, wrest, wriggle, wring
  
  

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