Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of torturing an animal by twisting its tail; hence, the act of tormenting, in general; nagging.
“No tail-twisting is necessary — no iron pronging is necessary.”
“But most working cowboys preferred ropes, leaving bulldogging and tail-twisting to rodeo exhibitionists.”
“And Michael did, bumping his flanks against Daughtry's knee; nudging his head against Daughtry's hand, in solicitation for more of the blissful ear-rubbing and tail-twisting.”
“Cool minds were prepared for a little tail-twisting after the great war, even though they could not foresee the unfortunate”
“There were also the spread eagle Americans, the swaggerers and braggarts, who amused themselves in tail-twisting and insulting other nations so long as they could do this with impunity; but now they were brought to book, and their fears magnified the possible danger they might run from the invasion of irate Spaniards.”
“While the bullocks, to much tail-twisting and objurgation, labored in the mud in every direction but the right one, Colonel Kirby sat his charger almost underneath the gate, waiting patiently.”
“And your vote-hunting politicians with their tail-twisting campaigns, and our editors of the supercilious weeklies with their inane tone of superiority, if they were all aboard how much clearer we should be!”
“As we at once objected to the tail-twisting operation, the native gave it up and behaved himself with humanity.”
“The bull paid no more attention to the tail-twisting than if Hedulio had been in the moon.”
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