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twist

verb [T] (CHANGE)    /twɪst/ disapproving
C2 to change information so that it gives the message you want it to give, especially in a way that is dishonest : This report shows how she twisted the truth to claim successes where none, in fact , existed . You're twisting my words - that's not what I said at all.Adapting and modifying ChangingAdapting and attuning to somethingLies, lying and hypocrisyDishonest people
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