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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 is not only relatively expensive to do in mass production, but in a walnut-stocked rifle tends to create problems when the wood inevitably starts to squirm.
com features videos of common squirms caused by uncomfortable undies, such as the "Bus Change" squirm which involves burrowing your hands into your front pockets pretending to dig for change while fixing underwear that is bunching or creeping.
If ``Know thy audience'' is indeed one of the sacred commandments of entertainment, then perhaps only the amassed squirms and groans of an appreciatively captive audience can do justice to ``Jackass Number Two.
Among them: "often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities," "is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli," "often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat," and "often blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
She who finds an ordinary compliment hard to swallow squirms under the burden of praise spilled by the typical Mother's Day homily.
In the final scene the boy, now 10, squirms in bed as the voice-over advises, ``When it (the detector) finally does need changing, let him get up there and do it.
In the final scene the boy, now 10, squirms in bed as the voice-over advises, "When it (the detector) finally does need changing, let him get up there and do it.
The PR man squirms as Moore tries to corner him on the facts of Chris' case and goad him by asking his opinion of which casket Chris should buy.