Turning and Twisting

Turning and Twisting

 
  1. Circling like polishing rags —Diane Ackerman
  2. (His brain) spinning around and around like a ship’s propeller —Graham Masterton
  3. Spinning like a wind vane —William Faulkner
  4. Spun like someone caught in a revolving door —William Mcllvanney
  5. (My whole house) spun around me like a crazy carnival ride —George Garrett
  6. Swerving like a bird in mid-air —Lawrence Durrell
  7. Swirling about like boiling milk —H. G. Wells
  8. Sway like an elephant’s trunk —Anon
  9. (My senses) swivel like guns in their fixed sockets —Margaret Atwood
  10. (We caught him red-handed and he) turned as easily as a trout in the pan —Bryan Forbes
  11. Turned as a bucket turns in a well —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  12. Turning … like a chicken on a spit —Enid Bagnold
  13. Turning like a ghost across the road —Eudora Welty
  14. Turning like a hand in water —Philip Levine
  15. Turns and turns like a dog making a place to lie down —Maxine Kumin
  16. Twisted like a caterpillar —Cornell Woolrich
  17. Twisted like a desperate fish —Peter S. Beagle
  18. (Ryan’s mouth) twisted, like a key in a lock —Julia O’Faolain
  19. Twisting his whole body as if his bones were made of rubber —Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  20. Went around and around like the policeman and Charlie Chaplin, both intending to fall down —Eudora Welty
  21. Wheeled like an ambushed cat —Nelson Algren
  22. Whipped round like a steel spring —John Fowles
  23. Whisking about like a swallow into its nest —O. Henry
  24. (She was always) whisking about like a clean starched napkin —H. E. Bates
  25. Wriggle … like a snake —Mary Stewart
  26. Writhing like a baited worm —Countee Cullen
References in classic literature ?
He was of a thin, shapeless figure, with a discontented expression of countenance, and with something extremely shiftless in his whole air, Thus spoken to, after turning and twisting a little, by way of preparation, he made a reply:
She made the leap successfully, but as she grasped the limb of the further tree the sudden jar loosened the hold of the tiny babe where it clung frantically to her neck, and she saw the little thing hurled, turning and twisting, to the ground thirty feet below.
Unloosed from their lashing by the constant turning and twisting of the ship and the force of the wind, the boarding and landing tackle had been trailing beneath the keel, a tangled mass of cordage and leather.
Swinging like a bob upon a mad pendulum he swung far out and back again, turning and twisting three thousand feet above the surface of Barsoom, and then, at last, the thing he had hoped for occurred.
Thus, turning and twisting, the tortuous way led them toward the south end of the island, until Sing, who was in advance, gave a sharp cry of surprise.