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wriggle off the hook

To avoid having to do something, likened to a fish escaping from the hook of a fishing rod. My mom wanted me to help her clean out the garage this weekend, but I was able to wriggle off the hook, thanks to my away basketball game.
See also: hook, off, wriggle

wriggle in(to something)

to wiggle and squeeze into something or some place. You will never be able to wriggle into that swimming suit. I can just wriggle in!
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wriggle out

 (of something)
1. . Lit. to wiggle and squeeze out of something or some place. She wriggled out of her tight skirt and changed into something more comfortable. The skirt was so tight, she had to wriggle out. She couldn't pull it off.
2. . Fig. to get out of having to do something; to evade a responsibility. Don't try to wriggle out of this. I won't let you wriggle out this time.
See also: out, wriggle

wriggle out

1. To free oneself from something by turning or twisting the body with sinuous writhing motions: I tried to pick up the cat, but it wriggled out of my grasp and ran away.
2. To extricate oneself by sly or subtle means from some situation; worm one's way out of some situation: He always wriggles out of trouble by placing the blame on someone else.
See also: out, wriggle
References in classic literature ?
Still, it is by no means so large or so distant as you imagined it, -- for the fact is that, as it wriggles its way up this thread, which some spider has wrought along the window-sash, I find it to be about the sixteenth of an inch in its extreme length, and also about the sixteenth of an inch distant from the pupil of my eye.
It is simply unacceptable that they now trying to wriggle out of commitment JOAN MCALPINE Haley said: "I indicated during the meeting that Atos would expect to make a profit over the lifetime of the PIP contract.
The school in question sent out a text this week with the following message: "Surface device for first years 2015: A reminder that the wriggle online shop closes on the 30th of June.
Instead, sidewinders minimize their risk of slipping by increasing the proportion of their body in contact with the sandy surface on any particular wriggle, Goldman and his colleagues say in the Oct.
Instead of punching their way through, peptides wriggle their way through and once disrupted, cell's cytoplasm leaks through membrane and bacteria cell dies, and white blood cells eat up the detritus; the fatal leakage does not come through holes, but through momentary disruptions of wall.
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TRACEY Bryant always knew her cat Wriggle was a bit of a star - and now her feline friend is to feature in a pet calendar next year.
It's the one where this little kid is holding a fish in his hands - cruel, cruel parents - and all of a sudden the fish starts to wriggle and lands - look away now - in his mouth.
Silva (18-4) was able to wriggle free and regained his feet, only to be tripped up seconds later and put back on the mat.
An expert brought in to check the safety system on a white-knuckle ride after a schoolgirl plummeted 100ft to her death found he was able to wriggle free of its lap-bar restraint barrier.
Escapes from prison in Newcastle included a chimney sweep who used his skills to wriggle out of captivity and one man who exited via the privy.
I n Ziichtung (Fertilization), 1998, wearing pristine lab coats and dainty blue gloves, they peer down microscopes; in Schnecken kommen (The snails are coming), 2000, the pair hoe cabbages while unpleasantly large, shell-less, mutant snails wriggle around their shiny boots.
Counselor David Kendall's pro forma denial--"Any allegation that the president assaulted Broaddrick more than 20 years ago is absolutely false"-got the job done, even as it opened up multiple windows through which Clinton might easily wriggle, (Hey, I wasn't even president 20 years ago.
It has now come back to haunt him, as Roy Hattersley has condemned his attempts to get out of what seemed at the time like a promise as 'wriggle, wriggle, wriggle'.
The coffin breaks, fingers wriggle through clay, touch the light.