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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

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
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If he's wriggling out of asking, he'll either squirm out of publicly answering or just say 'no'.
In the fourth instalment, the wriggling commanders can design and build their own incendiary devices thanks to the Weapons Factory.
Val Javin, at 5ft 6in, spoke vividly about "the wriggle factor" - and apologised in advance to anyone sitting alongside her for the endless wriggling and squirming she finds necessary in order to get comfortable in the balcony seats.
Not long ago, though, if you ordered earthworms by mail, a bag of wriggling red worms would arrive on your doorstep with at least a few casualties of transit enclosed.
Four-year-old Abigail, of Oak Street, Rhydyfelin, was knocked down after wriggling away from her aunt and running into the road in her home town after seeing her mother on Sunday afternoon.
New scaleless blocks radiate out from the lake, jutting, wriggling and writhing, often with no-man's lands between.
At the more heavily traveled crossings, teams have carded as many as 600 of the wriggling little creatures in a single night.
Rome ran a clip of the linebacker that showed him returning an intercepted pass for a touchdown, and then begin showboating for the crowd -- coming up the field with his hips wriggling, shoulders shaking, belly rolling, and legs strutting.
But 25 years later, the theory of Canadian On-Screen Masculinity (COM) is still alive and kicking--or wriggling if you will.
I must sweat out relief, sweat out you wriggling out of the sack next to mommy.
NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that Earthworm Jim 3D has shipped and is wriggling its way onto retail stores shelves this week.
FORMER Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher has accused several top bands of wriggling out of his charity concerts in London.
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.
A TOT aged just three saved a woman's life by wriggling through a small window to rescue her.
If something eats the cricket, the worm just keeps on wriggling until it emerges through the predator's mouth or gills (www.