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squirm in(to something)

to press into something that is tight; to crawl or wiggle into something tight. (For people, this is often clothing that is too tight. For other creatures, it is more variable.) Dave squirmed into his jeans and pledged to himself that he would lose some weight. He squirmed in and knew he could never close the zipper.
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squirm out

 (of something)
1. Lit. to crawl or wiggle out of something. The worm squirmed out of its hole and was gobbled up by a bird. The worm squirmed out.
2. Fig. to escape doing something; to escape the responsibility for having done something. He agreed to go but squirmed out at the last minute. You did it and you can't squirm out of it by denying it!
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squirm with something

to fidget or move around restlessly, showing irritation of some type. The children squirmed with impatience, but they kept quiet. I squirmed with discomfort, hoping that the time on the aircraft would pass rapidly.
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squirm out

v.
1. To extricate oneself by sly or subtle means from some situation; worm one's way out of some situation: She squirmed out of the promise she'd made without upsetting anyone. He was supposed to wash the dishes tonight, but somehow he squirmed out.
2. To free oneself from something by turning, twisting, or writhing the body: The fish squirmed out of my grasp. I put the snake in a bag, but it squirmed out.
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This past year Huggies named their own squirmers from the Helicopter to the Escape Artist, and now the brand is excited to extend the opportunity for parents to show-off their babies' own unique moves," said Erik Seidel, Vice President, Huggies Brand.
Thrips, minuscule squiggly squirmers that appear when you uncurl the leaves they inhabit, go through their entire life cycle in only 10 days.
And you'd better learn not to cringe at these little squirmers, because no chemicals should be used to ward off any little garden critters.
And I wrote it for the bullies, the elbow-jabbers, the gigglers, the squirmers, and those who are stuck back in a time when to be gay was to be immoral, sick, criminal .