twitch

Part of speech: verb

To pull sharply.

Part of speech: noun

A sudden jerk or pull.

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Usage examples "twitch":

  1. " I 'ope nobody is, not 'ere," said Croucher, with a horrid twitch. - "The Crime Doctor", Ernest William Hornung.
  2. Charlie's mother tried to look as stoical as possible, but the corners of her mouth would twitch, and there was a nervous trembling of her under- lip; but she commanded herself, and only when Charlie gave a slight groan of pain, stooped and kissed his forehead; and when she raised her head again, there was a tear resting on the face of her son that was not his own. - "The Garies and Their Friends", Frank J. Webb.
  3. When I have a happy thought, I imagine her ears twitch, especially when I think of the sweet apple I will place by her doorway at night. - "A Year in the Fields", John Burroughs.