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contortions (noun) being twisted out of shape; a complicated activity.

A thing twisted out of shape undergoes contortions. When you twist and bend something in such a way that its original shape is lost, it undergoes contortions. In extreme pain, suffering, or anger, many contortions are seen on a person's face, as the person suffering, or angry, twists and turns with pain or anger. Their body also undergoes contortions, as it is not possible for one to be in a normal posture when they experience a lot of pain. When a clown or a circus artiste twists and turns his face, body, or muscles, to entertain the spectators, their face, body, or muscles have contortions. The complications you experience to get something done are also contortions. 'We had to go through many contortions to get our visas processed.' This means that we had difficulty getting our visas processed.

  • On hearing about the downtrend in the profits of the company, the CEO flew into a rage, his face going through a number of contortions, especially the lips curved up in an ugly twist.
  • The children were greatly entertained by the contortions the comic actor was able to give his face and body by twisting and turning them into several curves.
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