- 1Twist or pull (something) sharply: he tweaked the boy’s earMore example sentences
- When another had objected he had tweaked the boy's nose.
- He's had the flu, he tweaked a groin and he pulled a hamstring 10 days ago.
- Downes was due to be included in the senior squad to face Boston United at Bootham Crescent today but tweaked his medial knee ligaments in training yesterday.
- 2 • informal Improve (a mechanism or system) by making fine adjustments to it: engineers tweak the car’s operating systems during the raceMore example sentences
- He should push harder on some innovative ways to tweak the welfare system.
- Before next season, the league needs to tweak the playoff system and introduce a refined seeding approach.
- After several weeks of tuning and tweaking the system, he achieved the results he wanted.
- 3US • informal Become or cause to become agitated or excited, typically from taking amphetamines or another stimulant: [no object]: I just about went crazy yesterday—I was totally tweaking out [with object]: caffeine is a natural mood elevator but if you’re stressed to begin with it can kind of tweak you outMore example sentences
- I was always tweaked and I looked like a fall-down drunk.
- We were tweaking hard all night every night.
- We were smoking weed in our circle when the guy who looked like he was tweaked out of his mind comes stumbling though us.
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- 1A sharp twist or pull.More example sentences
- Once there he would preen himself and settle down quite quietly, giving my hair an affectionate tweak from time to time.
- Lynn, aged 45, of Blackstone Edge, is chief physiotherapist for the UK team and will have overall responsibility for looking after the tweaks and twinges of hundreds of competitors.
- I gave Michael's ear an affectionate last tweak before releasing it.
- 2 • informal A fine adjustment to a mechanism or system.More example sentences
- Here there is little or no help, but a small tweak to the taxation system could make an enormous difference to stay-at-home mothers.
- But along the way, those of you familiar with the series will notice a few subtle, incredibly effective tweaks and adjustments that will alter the whole way you think about real time strategy gaming.
- The concept of comparing two players in a variety of categories will remain the same, but I'm unveiling a few tweaks to the scoring system.
early 17th century: probably an alteration of dialect twick 'pull sharply'; related to twitch.