Synonyms for tweaking

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"Tweaking his nose," said Captain Giles in a scandalized tone.

Boyd would have enjoyed this game of tweaking a wildcat's tail.

For Samuel had hold of his ear, and was tweaking it sharply.

He was a very unsatisfactory steward and a miserable wretch besides, but I would just as soon think of tweaking his nose.

"It's just a progressive Christmas pah'ty, grandfathah," she explained, tweaking his ear as she talked.

Only the unyielding glass kept him from tweaking out every saucy blue feather upon the spot!

You might not have noticed it at all, had not one of the trees suddenly called attention to itself by tweaking your ear!

Presently she saw Harriett's quizzical eyes and laughed woefully, tweaking at the outstanding margin of the material.

At last she lit on the side of a thistle, and tweaking out a fibre, flew with it to the nest.

She found him working the ride, Hilda back in the maintenance bay, tweaking some of the robots.

WORD ORIGIN

"pinch, pluck, twist," usually to the nose, probably from Old English twiccian "to pluck," of obscure origin; perhaps related to twitch. Meaning "to make fine adjustments" is attested from 1966. Related: Tweaked; tweaking. The noun in this sense is recorded by 1989.

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