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  • If you had continued to read after you got your knickers all a-twist, you might have noticed that she said as much: "But then the more I worked on the blog piece the more I realized it sounded like 'Men are from somewhere that game consoles are made and Women are from where you learn how to insult each other by saying something that sounds nice to everyone else.'"

    Men's balls, innocence and why I try and horror for the holidays.

  • And now that I'm dealing with the estates of a couple of dead relatives and have no idea what I'm doing, my gut is perpetually all a-twist wondering when the taxman is going to cometh to cart me off to jail.

    Type D D!

  • 'Twas all a-twist wi 'the chair, like the letter Z, directly you sat down upon the chair.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • There was a leak somewhere, and the tackle was a-twist, and the ballast rolled to one side.

    Follow My leader The Boys of Templeton

  • Her mouth also was open, exhibiting rather a moderate set of teeth, and her Madonna front having got a-twist, exposed a mixture of brown and iron-grey hairs at the parting place.

    Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities

  • ’Twas all a-twist wi’ the chair, like the letter Z, directly you sat down upon the chair.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • Yet, in the heavens, you can see the skies a-twist! "

    Plotting in Pirate Seas

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  • Miss Christie was employed in a combined lending library and gift shop, all a-twist with potted philodendron; in her life there was none such as Mrs. Hazelton.

    —Dorothy Parker, 'The Bolt behind the Blue'

    November 12, 2008