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  • v. Present participle of twang.
  • n. A sound that twangs.


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  • Tom Mitchenall, 17, had hooked a large carp and was jostling with the heavy fish when the line snapped sending the slender plastic float "twanging" back at him like an arrow.

  • The two elements came together best when the poet (Costa prize-winning Christopher Reid) made you look again – the wine bottle bowing to one glass then whispering in the ear of the other; the laminated menu "twanging like a riot policeman's shield"; the "wooden phallus" of the pepper pot "scattering seed".

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  • It sort of works, with Luca Tom Hardy playing a Vauxhall gay club bouncer dropping twanging guitars and harmonicas over some big room beats.

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  • Instantly the entire sphere burst into a mighty whispering, sharp with protest, almost twanging goldenly, if a whisper could possibly be considered to twang, rising higher, sinking deeper, the two extremes of the registry of sound threatening to complete the circle and coalesce into the bull-mouthed thundering he had so often heard beyond the taboo distance.


  • Joan and Sheldon heard the twanging thrum and saw Koogoo throw out his arms, at the same time dropping his rifle, stumble forward, and sink down on his hands and knees.

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  • The radio was twanging out a country song when she entered.

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  • They are multi-instrumentalists who can switch to ballads and laments, adding in bagpipes, bouzouki, flutes, wailingTurkish horns, blues harp or even a twanging, virtuoso duet on duelling mouth harps.

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  • Baluch tribesmen screech into these road stops driving old autos and motorcycles, wearing Arab head scarves, speaking in harsh gutturals, and playing music whose rumbling rhythms, so unlike the introspective twanging ragas of the subcontinent, reverberate with the spirit of Arabia.

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  • Jean-Sébastien Coté deftly inserted into his own score, which includes a lot of oriental drumming and twanging, appropriately moving baroque music for violin, cello and keyboards by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, Antonio Soler, and the Chevalier Saint-Georges—who shows up as a character onstage, in an English music-hall "duel" with the aging, indigent and apparently female d'Éon.

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  • Perry will be Herbert Hoover in cowboy boots, twanging about cluelessly, unable to understand why he's overseeing a Depression worse than the first, as increasingly severe natural disasters gut an aging infrastructure left to fall into disrepair.

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