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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

get a wriggle on

To go faster. Those guys better get a wriggle on or we'll be moving boxes all day! I know we have to leave soon, so I'm getting a wriggle on!
See also: get, on, 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

v.
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 ?
Yawning, Philip undressed and took a bath, then shook his clothes over the water and watched the animals that fell out wriggling.
Bert came up to this wriggling, elusive serpent and got his foot on it, went down on all fours and achieved a grip.
We waited some time, but matters seemed to get only more and more involved, until, at last, George's head came wriggling out over the side of the boat, and spoke up.
Bold as she was, Natasha, who knew how sensitive her mother was to anything relating to Nikolenka, did not venture to ask any questions at dinner, but she was too excited to eat anything and kept wriggling about on her chair regardless of her governess' remarks.
Presently, I heard a snuffling sound behind me and then a dog came frisking and wriggling to my feet.
There in full sight now was Sheeta, the panther, stalking slowly toward the tiny, wriggling balu which lay among the grasses many yards away.
A few minutes later they returned, carrying poor Pinocchio, who was wriggling and squirming like an eel and crying pitifully:
To be sure, his papa shall look at him," said Lizaveta Petrovna, getting up and bringing something red, and queer, and wriggling.
Sidewinder rattlesnakes wriggling up sand dunes turn out to have a trick of adjusting their curvy moves that's improving robot design and the understanding of legless motion on sand.
Peptides with their capacity for wriggling and breaking membranes are difficult for bacteria to evolve immunity against.
FORMER Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher has accused several top bands of wriggling out of his charity concerts in London.
Summary: Cameras have caught the moment a panda gave birth to a tiny, wriggling cub in China.
Wriggling Lambert was first to test debutant keeper Richard O'Donnell - a surprise replacement for injured veteran Nicky Weaver - his low free-kick almost wriggling under the young keeper who desperately held on to the fiercelystruck effort.
My ploy seemed to work, and I managed to pick him/her up squeaking and wriggling for just enough time to bring him/her to the space between the railings of the adjacent garden, where I let him/her go right at the foot of a tall old tree.
You can only get in and out by wriggling through a hole.