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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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One way to keep walnut squirming to a minimum it to glue layers of it together, as in plywood.
These include constant fidgeting or squirming, difficulty maintaining attention and finishing projects, a volatile temper, and becoming frustrated easily.
That might sound like a long time to keep from squirming.
Starting off between $500 and $600 a pop, she figures she can bring in thousands from the signed and numbered drawings that showed the world what the wraithlike pop star looked like squirming behind the defense table.
READING the reports in The Record about the alleged abuse of the Scottish Ambulance Service's resources, I was surprised and amused to see how much squirming these people are doing to try to justify their misuse of this valuable service.
Some of Larson's images include a naturally moving element (trees outside a kitchen door, a squirming infant in a seated man's arms), but the central figures remain motionless: A woman stares at a newspaper in bed, a large dog at her feet; the artist is poised getting in (or out of) a bathtub.
The funny little fungus that gave the company and this particular piece their enduring names is not smiling or even squirming in Pilobolus.
Usually it happens in the fall, as the summer specials disappear and airline seats once again are filled with business executives instead of squirming kids.
No more struggling sleepily in the middle of the night, changing soiled crib sheets while holding a crying, squirming baby.
She said: "The joke fell very flat - people were left squirming.
It's a cycle that has nature experts squirming, but also defiant in their decision: eradicating what doesn't belong to save what does.
Caspersen reappears, nude, squirming center stage as, one by one, the others leave the stage.
Like a twenty-first century digitized watchdog, properly implemented EndPoint security (EPS) is often the last line of defense between a cesspool squirming with destructive technological deviants and the safety and security of enterprise IT environments.
SICHUAN, SOUTH CHINA; SQUIRMING Cub's growth is recorded with a tape measure; HERE'S LOOKING AT CHEW Guo Guo takes baby for stroll
The older students proved to be braver and more daring, dangling the squirming frogs over her chest.