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v. writhed, writh·ing, writhes
1. To make twisting bodily movements, as in pain or struggle.
2. To move with a twisting or contorted motion: A snake writhed out of the bushes.
3. To suffer emotional or physical distress, as from embarrassment or anguish: "She writhed at the bare idea that he might pay court to some girl" (W. Somerset Maugham).
To cause to twist or squirm; contort: "His lips ... were now writhed into unholy contortions" (Stephen Crane).
The act or an instance of writhing: "'If I may umbly make the remark,' said Uriah Heep with a writhe" (Charles Dickens).