- 1Give or cause to give a short, sudden jerking or convulsive movement: [no object]: her lips twitched and her eyelids fluttered [with object]: the dog twitched his earsMore example sentences
- Winthrop gives me an apologetic look, though a corner of his mouth is slightly twitching in amusement.
- Casey felt her heart shudder and her lips twitch upwards into a smile.
- All he noticed was Paul's eyebrow twitching upward at the reaction.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial] Cause to move in a specified direction by giving a sharp pull: he twitched a cigarette out of a packetMore example sentences
- I twitched the rod back.
- Mallory twitched the tag again, careful not to move it too much.
- I can just see him sitting down to his tea and not being able to pick up his cutlery without twitching his knife and fork backwards and forwards in a rowing motion.
- 2 [with object] Use a twitch to subdue (a horse).More example sentences
- The vet tied him to a high smooth wall and then twitched him.
- When twitched, the horse appears sedated and his heart rate slows.
- In many cases, owners and grooms resort to modifying the clip, twitching the horse, or even having the vet out every few weeks to inject sedatives.
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- 1A short, sudden jerking or convulsive movement: his mouth gave a slight twitchMore example sentences
- If hyponatremia develops rapidly, muscular twitches, irritability and convulsions can occur.
- My attention was focused on his body, waiting for the first twitch of movement.
- Other than a slight twitch of her head, she made no motion to stop him.
- 1.1A sudden pull or jerk: he gave a twitch at his moustacheMore example sentences
- She made a little twitch of a finger, and Jeff finally locked the tracer.
- It's like sitting on a river bank with a fishing rod, anticipating the slightest twitch from beneath the water.
- With a twitch of his hand, he cast them onto the table.
- 1.2A sudden sharp sensation; a pang: he felt a twitch of annoyanceMore example sentences
- In the eerie silence, Sanura felt a twitch of hunger.
- I felt a twitch of pain on my stomach and then I remember what happened.
- I asked and attempted to sit on the bed, but I felt a twitch of pain on my body and Irrazé pushed me back onto the bed.
- 2A small noose attached to a stick, which may be twisted around the upper lip or the ear of a horse to subdue it during veterinary procedures.More example sentences
- Others have resorted to twitches, blindfolds and tying up a front leg.
- Bob calmly grabbed the stallion's halter, led him into the corner of the stall, placed a twitch around his nose and proceeded to treat him.
Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Old English twiccian 'to pluck, pull sharply'.