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you weasel

You sneaky person. You weasel! I can't believe you stole the song I was going to do for the audition!
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catch a weasel asleep

To surprise someone who is normally alert, shrewd, or on-guard. Primarily heard in US. You want to try to steal your transcript from the principal's office? You never catch a weasel asleep—and especially not that one!
See also: asleep, catch, weasel

weasel words

Language employed to avoid directly stating a position or answering a question, or to enhance the appearance of something. Wikipedia discourages the use of weasel words in its encyclopedia entries to decrease the possibility of bias. If you read the transcript of his press conference, you'll see that there's barely any substances—it's nearly all weasel words.
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weasel out

 (of something)
1. Fig. to squeeze one's way out of something. Somehow, the child managed to weasel out of the hole she was stuck in. The mouse tried to weasel out.
2. Fig. to evade or avoid a job or responsibility. (Fig. on {2}.) Don't try to weasel out of your responsibility! You can't weasel out! You have to do it.
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weasel out

Back out of a situation or commitment, especially in a sneaky way. For example, I'd love to weasel out of serving on the board. This expression alludes to the stealthy hunting and nesting habits of the weasel, a small, slender-bodied predator. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
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weasel word

A word used to deprive a statement of its force or evade a direct commitment, as in Calling it "organized spontaneity" is using a weasel word; "organized" has sucked the meaning out of "spontaneity." This idiom may allude to the weasel's habit of sucking the contents out of a bird's egg, so that only the shell remains. [Late 1800s]
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weasel out

v. Slang
1. To back out of some situation or commitment in a selfish or sly manner: The party was boring—you were smart to weasel out early. My cousins weaseled out of contributing to the gift.
2. weasel out of To elicit something from someone by artful or devious means: At first, they wouldn't admit that they were to blame, but I weaseled the truth out of them.
See also: out, weasel

weasel

1. n. a sneaky person. If Fred weren’t such a weasel, we could get along better.
2. n. an earnest student. (Collegiate.) Martin is your classic weasel.

weasel out of something

in. to get out of doing something; to wiggle out of a responsibility. I know how to weasel out of something like that. You get a headache.
See also: of, out, something, weasel
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The Mustelidae (weasel family) is quite large, consisting of not only weasels but minks, ferrets, martens, badgers and otters.
understanding whether such acoustic simplification is predator-mediated will require future studies that investigate the importance of Scotinomys in the diet of neotropical weasels, assess their response to vocalizations of mice via playback-experiments, and quantify the sensitivity of their hearing.
Leslie, from Ebchester in County Durham, spotted the weasel among rocks and decided on a strategy which would hopefully convince the animal it had nothing to fear.
Schreiner, a Weasel pilot in the F-4G Phantom during Desert Storm, contributes his verbatim diary accounts of daily activity, forming the primary substance of the book, plus his knowledge of "weaseling"' in general (the Wild Weasel mission employs special aircraft to defeat enemy radar-based threats so that strike aircraft may attack at reduced risk).
Competent writers and wary constitutionalists will readily spot the use of these weasel words when reading reports of the extraordinary expansion of presidential or legislative power.
Stoats can live for ten years, a long life span for a small creature, but weasels generally only live for about three years.
In Scandinavia, weasels appear to drive population cycles of voles and lemmings (Hanski et al.
weasel n: any person or group that operates in that vast gray area between good ethical behavior and the sort of activities that might send you to jail.
I also asked everyone to become a weasel, but that's another story for another time (some crazy thing about eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
REGARDING weasel squeezing, despite your correspondent Vincent Black's assurance that no weasels are harmed, the sooner this barbaric and insidious so-called sport is outlawed the better.
It's home to at least 300 vascular plants, 30 types of cacti and 249 vertebrate species, including mountain lions, bobcats and weasels.
Flying modified F-100 Super Sabres, the first Wild Weasels launched against North Vietnam targets on Thanksgiving 1965.
Failure to capture least weasels during the previous 50-year period in which the Adair County area has been intensely trapped for small mammals suggests that this species is a recent immigrant into northeastern Missouri.
Weasels: Members of the weasel family leave tracks with five clawed toes both on the front and rear.