Twist Someone’s Words

Also used:
Twist someone’s words around,
Twist things (around)

To twist, in English, means to wind something around or to bend or turn it out of shape. Knowing this, the idiom ‘twist someone’s words’ as idioms go, is not difficult to understand.

Meaning of Idiom ‘Twist Someone’s Words’

To twist someone’s words means to repeat what they have said in an inaccurate or distorted way; to misrepresent or alter what someone has said to make it seem like they meant something different than they actually meant; to misrepresent the meaning or intention of what someone has said.


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Usage

Twist someone’s words or ‘twist things’ can be used interchangeably. However, in situations where someone is misrepresenting an entire situation which, perhaps, involves a group of people, ‘twisting things’ may be more appropriate.

Examples Of Use

“You’re twisting my words. I didn’t say that climate change didn’t exist. I said that the real debate is about what is causing it.”

“The president is once again twisting his opponent’s words in an attack ad.”

“Stop twisting things around. All I know is that you said you would do some chores around here.”

Origin

This idiom has been used since at least the early 1800s.

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