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insinuate (oneself) into (something)

To gradually, often stealthily, become involved in some group or thing. The boss is starting to wonder if an undercover cop has insinuated himself into our group. Geez, would you quit trying to insinuate yourself into all aspects of my life?
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insinuate oneself into something

to work oneself into a group or situation. She had sought for years to insinuate herself into Terry's organization. Must you always insinuate yourself into my set of friends?
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insinuate something

to someone to hint at something to someone; to imply something to someone. You think I am interested in you for your money! Is that what you are insinuating to me? I did not insinuate anything to you!
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Chances are the Insinuator will give you a vague reply like, "Let's just say I'll be cleaning fish all night, so you do the math on how many I caught." What this really means is he's extremely slow at cleaning fish and it will take him all night to fillet that one 16-incher.
Some insinuators choose to pass on the same kind of information
Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of this review is a series of insinuations that I, the editor, am an insinuator. Morgan implies the presence of innuendo in my statement that "the make-up of 'Facts' was far from straightforward." Far from implying any deviousness, which is what she insinuates about my critical procedures, this is simply a statement of the case.
The Qur'an, despite an overall high regard for human perfectibility, alerts its hearers to dynamic evil, referring to "the whispering insinuator who whispers in the bosoms of men" (sura 114:4-5).
It all is not the fault of Afghanistan only, the conspirators and insinuators both from within as well as the outside are too strong to be countered by the political sanity prevailing in the country.
For example, Wilson (1971) described three common foraging strategies: "opportunists" typically arrive first at baits but are timid and withdraw in the face of interspecific competition; "extirpators" often take longer to locate baits but recruit in large numbers and aggressively displace other species; lastly, "insinuators" depend on their small size and inconspicuous behavior to collect food while in the presence of other ants.