contortionist contortionist  /kən ˈtɔr ʃə nəst/


  • (n) an acrobat able to twist into unusual positions


  1. Catering to the right has also turned the President into something of a political contortionist.
  2. Along the way, we are introduced to a hodgepodge of Mongolian myths and characters--poets, wrestlers, a contortionist--who serve as props in Baasar's quest for understanding.
  3. It seemed perfectly legitimate, because the public goes to see a contortionist to be amusingly deceived.


  • Viewpoints: When will Americans say enough snooping?

    The contortionist logic behind the government snooping that recently has dominated our news is enough to choke the very Internet government uses to conduct its surveillance.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Sacramento Bee


  1. "But Kaine's performance on life issues is like watching a contortionist on a tight rope," Gerson writes, adding that Kaine has said that he must enforce existing law and that he would veto legislation outlawing abortion if Roe v. Wade were...
    on Aug 4, 2008 By: Michael Gerson Source: Medical News Today (press release)

  2. "Guys mess around with me," said Bruschi. "They call me `The Contortionist,' they call me `Gumby,' they say I'm double-jointed. A lot of things like that. I think I was lucky escaping injury right there. It was one of those things where I was...
    on Nov 15, 2004 By: Tedy Bruschi Source: Boston Globe

  3. "He would have to be a contortionist to make that catch," said Wedge, who argued with second base umpire Marvin Hudson.
    on Aug 16, 2005 By: Eric Wedge Source: USA Today

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