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contortion

noun
     
con‧tor‧tion
1 [countable] a twisted position or movement that looks surprising or strange:
I could not force my body into the contortions required by classical ballet.
facial contortions
2 [uncountable] when something is twisted so that it does not have its normal shape:
involuntary muscle contortion
3 [countable] something difficult you have to do in order to achieve something:
He went through a series of amazing contortions to get Karen a work permit.

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