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The car followed the twists and turns of the mountain road.

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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, MετάEd, RegDwigнt Feb 5 '13 at 21:18

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It's literal - if you can picture a mountain road, it usually snakes up the mountain with sharp turns and from a distance, looks like a twisting ribbon on the side of the mountain. –  Kristina Lopez Feb 5 '13 at 19:05
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@KristinaLopez I'd vote for that answer –  ElendilTheTall Feb 5 '13 at 19:17
    
@ElendilTheTall: I don't think such an obvious response to a General Reference question needs to be posted as an answer and voted on. An informative comment or link is quite sufficient. –  FumbleFingers Feb 5 '13 at 19:47
    
I was under the impression this was a question and answer site, not a question and comment site. –  ElendilTheTall Feb 5 '13 at 19:53

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It's literal - if you can picture a mountain road, it usually snakes up the mountain with sharp turns and from a distance, looks like a twisting ribbon on the side of the mountain. (thanks @ElendilTheTall!)

Winding mountain road

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Could this be rephrased as "full of bends"? –  user36663 Feb 5 '13 at 19:28
    
@user36663 - sure it could and would be very descriptive also. "Twists and turns", however, is a common expression that feels good to the ear and tongue due to its alliterativeness (both words start with "T"). Say it a few times out loud! :-) –  Kristina Lopez Feb 5 '13 at 19:31
    
Thank you very much :) –  user36663 Feb 5 '13 at 19:56
    
Something tells me I have to explicitly state that it can't be replaced with "full of bends" in the sentence in question. –  RegDwigнt Feb 5 '13 at 21:20
    
RegDwight is right, @user36663, the rephrase would have to be "The car followed the mountain road full of turns.", or something to that effect. –  Kristina Lopez Feb 5 '13 at 21:42

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