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Twiddle   /twˈɪdəl/   Listen

A series of small (usually idle) twists or turns.

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"Twiddle" Quotes from Famous Books

... sight of the windows of the farm the old man took his hat off his shining head, put it on the end of his whip, and began to twiddle it. ...
— Boy Woodburn - A Story of the Sussex Downs • Alfred Ollivant

... in there," continued the ghastly voice. "It's a plot, see?—to kidnap Nelson. There's a gal in it—o coorse. Thinks she can twiddle the A'mighty round her thumb because her face ain't spotty. Lay that in ...
— The Gentleman - A Romance of the Sea • Alfred Ollivant

... from?' said the Red Queen. 'And where are you going? Look up, speak nicely, and don't twiddle your fingers ...
— Through the Looking-Glass • Charles Dodgson, AKA Lewis Carroll

... old maid, I know, but you're not. And if you think for a moment that I'm going to sit here and twiddle my thumbs while there's a nice-looking bachelor in the next house, you're very much mistaken. Dear knows, Eve, I love Eden Village from end to end, but I never heard of an Eden yet that wasn't better for having a man ...
— The Lilac Girl • Ralph Henry Barbour

... had before they started on their travels. The gentlemen wear their hair in long curls; the ladies patch and paint their faces. If they haven't a pimple or a wart they make one. They wear gorgeous dresses. The gentlemen twiddle canes ornamented with dogs' heads or eagles' beaks, with gold tassels; carry attar of rose bottles in their gloved hands, and squirt rosewater on their handkerchiefs. They ogle the ladies through their quizzing glasses, wear high-heeled slippers, and diddle along on their toes like ...
— Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times - 1769 - 1776 A Historical Romance • Charles Carleton Coffin

... Philadelphia, where I lingered while he went forward, bearing my letter with him. Yet, angry and disgusted as I was, there was nothing for me to do except to swallow the humiliation, walk in, and twiddle my thumbs until the boorish lord of the manor waked to greet ...
— The Maid-At-Arms • Robert W. Chambers

... It's—it's just an offence against—my human dignity. I've been treated like—like an inferior. But why shouldn't I be treated like an inferior? I am an inferior. When I go back to Evanston, and take up grass-widowhood and the burden of living down the family scandal, and sit and twiddle my thumbs in a big house, and have my maiden aunt come to ...
— King Arthur's Socks and Other Village Plays • Floyd Dell

... to lay by and twiddle my thumbs and listen to folks advisin' of me jest because I ain't obliged to work? I'm all beat out now doin' nothin'. Since I've bought the old place—gran'ther's farm, you know—I don't seem to be much better off. I can't go to farmin' it this fall; ...
— Lippincott's Magazine, October 1885 • Various

... another look and a little twiddle between her finger and thumb, she seemed satisfied; but, unhappily for me, she did not seem at all sleepy. She busied herself in unpacking and displaying over the back of the chair a whole series of London purchases—silk dresses, a shawl, a sort of ...
— Uncle Silas - A Tale of Bartram-Haugh • J.S. Le Fanu

Words linked to "Twiddle" :   go around, rotate, revolve, twirl, fiddle with, manipulate, swirl, turn, twist

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