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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

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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Modernism," like its younger cousin "postmodernism," is one of those squirmy weasel-words that is difficult to pin down long enough to gain a clear and cogent view of its meaning and referents.
You could dress a class of squirmy preschoolers in that time.
In many sheets, the writhing lines that form the "ground" from which the figures almost unwillingly emerge (see, notably, Nurse and Child, 1881-82) inevitably brought to mind similar squirmy marks in some late wall drawings by Sol LeWitt.
Does that mean the other second-tier candidates seem a little squirmy in their own skin?
The book is commendable in that, while Wilcove does not alienate his readers by accusing them of ecocide, he still manages to place that squirmy, uncomfortable feeling of guilt right in the center of their chests.
These squirmy creatures have a long history in the world of medicine.
Which is exactly the problem Blair now faces with his squirmy form of sincerity.
The squirmy parasite eats its host carefully, keeping the cricket alive until the worm reaches adulthood, explains Frederic Thomas, a biologist at the French National Center for Scientific Research.
The girl who'd been taken had not been a quiet girl but giggly and squirmy and unpredictable in her behavior.
The trick is to establish a reasonable level of protection, but not appear overly squirmy and risk losing either the job or your boss's confidence.
The pleasure Wordsworth took in his own feelings and volitions, Coleridge's supping on the milk of paradise, Shelley's hierophancy of the fading coal, Keats's squirmy erotic dissolves, that being-more-intense which Byron tasted in creativity--and, epitomizing all these, Blake's pulsation of the artery in which the poet's work is done--what these Romantic passages had in common Victorian spasmody enlarged upon, and inevitably vulgarized.
In the next twenty-four hears several people will take turns trying to feed the squirmy cubs: Duplaix, McTurk, Melanie, and Nancy O'Connor, a volunteer research assistant from Sacramento, California.
In his execution, Pearlstein reveals a dry wit as well as a penchant for the squirmy.