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ob-torquĕo , si, tum, 2, v. a.
I. To turn towards; to turn: obtorque prorim, Att. ap. Non. 200, 33 (Trag. Rel. v. 575 Rib.): “dextrasque obtorquet in undas Proram,Stat. Th. 5, 414.—
II. To turn round, twist, writhe, wrench (esp. the neck; rare, and class. only in the part. perf.)): “collum,Aur. Vict. Vir. Ill. 66: “obtorto collo ad praetorem trahor,” i. e. dragged violently by the throat, Plaut. Poen. 3, 5, 45; id. Rud. 3, 6, 16: “ut illum collo obtorto ad subsellia reduceret,Cic. Clu. 21, 59 (for which: “torquere collum,Liv. 4, 53, 8): “obtorta gulā in vincula abripi jussit,by the throat, Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 10, § 24: obtorto valgiter labello, twisted, contorted, Petr. Fragm. ap. Fulg. p. 566, 2: “obtorti circulus auri,twisted, wreathed, Verg. A. 5, 559: “cardines,App. M. 3, p. 151, 22.
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