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British English: /twɪst/
American English: /twɪst/

Translation of twist in French:


  • 1 (action) See examples: he gave the cap a twist
    (to open)
    il a dévissé le bouchon
    (to close)
    il a vissé le bouchon
    with a couple of twists she unscrewed the lid
    en deux tours de poignet elle a dévissé le couvercle
    he gave his ankle a nasty twist
    il s'est tordu la cheville
  • 2 (bend, kink)
    (in rope, cord, wool)
    (in road)
    (in river)
    the road is full of twists and turns
    la route est pleine de zigzags
    there's a twist in the hosepipe
    le tuyau est entortillé
    I've got my wool into a real twist
    ma laine est complètement emmêlée
  • 3 [figurative] (unexpected change of direction)
    (in play, story)
    (episode in crisis, events)
    a strange twist of fate
    un étrange coup du sort
    the twists and turns of the argument/the plot
    le fil tortueux de l'argumentation/de l'intrigue
    to give something a new twist
    donner un tour nouveau à quelque chose
    events took an unexpected twist
    les événements ont pris un tour inattendu
  • 4 (small amount) (of yarn, thread, hair) a twist of paper
    une papillote
    a twist of lemon
    une tranche de citron
  • 5 (Sport)to put some twist on the ball
    donner de l'effet à la balle
  • 7 (dance) See examples:the twist
    le twist
    to do the twist
    danser le twist

transitive verb

  • 1 (turn)
    (knob, handle)
    (open) (top, cap, lid)
    (close) (top, cap, lid)
    to twist something off
    dévisser quelque chose
    (cap, top, lid)
    arracher quelque chose (en tordant)
    (piece, branch)
    he twisted the neck of the bag to close it
    il a tortillé le haut du sac pour le fermer
    to twist one's head around
    tourner la tête
    to twist one's head away
    tourner la tête
    he twisted around in his chair
    il s'est retourné dans son fauteuil
    twist it round sideways to get it through the door
    tournez-le de côté pour le faire passer par la porte
    to twist somebody's arm
    tordre le bras à quelqu'un
    forcer la main à quelqu'un
  • 2 (wind, twine) See examples: to twist X and Y together
    torsader X et Y
    to twist the threads together
    torsader les fils
    to twist X round Y
    enrouler X autour de Y
    she twisted the scarf (round) in her hands
    elle tortillait l'écharpe entre ses doigts
    to twist a rope around something
    passer une corde autour de quelque chose
    they twisted a sheet (up) into a rope
    ils ont entortillé un drap pour en faire une corde
    to twist one's hair up into a bun
    se faire un chignon torsadé
  • 3 (bend, distort) [literal]
    (metal, rod, branch)
    his face was twisted with pain/rage
    son visage était tordu de douleur/de rage
    she twisted her mouth into a smile
    elle a grimacé un sourire
  • 4 [figurative]
    (words, statement, facts)
    you're trying to twist my meaning
    vous essayez de déformer mes paroles
  • 5 (injure) See examples: to twist one's ankle/wrist
    se tordre la cheville/le poignet
    to twist one's neck
  • 6 (Sport)
    donner de l'effet à

intransitive verb

  • 1 (person) he twisted free of her grasp
    il s'est dégagé d'un mouvement brusque
    the wounded man lay twisting and writhing on the ground
    le blessé se tordait et se contorsionnait sur le sol
    his face twisted into a smile
    il a grimacé un sourire
    to twist round (turn round)
    se retourner
  • 2
    (rope, flex, coil)
    (river, road)
    to twist and turn
    (road, path)
  • 3 (dance)
    danser le twist
  • 4 (in cards)
    tirer une carte


(to have a) twist in the tail

(avoir un) dénouement inattendu

to get oneself into a twist

se tracasser

to be round the twist

être dingue (informal) or fou/folle
to go round the twist (informal)
devenir fou/folle
to drive somebody round the twist (informal)
rendre quelqu'un fou/folle

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