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squirm in(to something)

to press into something that is tight; to crawl or wiggle into something tight. (For people, this is often clothing that is too tight. For other creatures, it is more variable.) Dave squirmed into his jeans and pledged to himself that he would lose some weight. He squirmed in and knew he could never close the zipper.
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squirm out

 (of something)
1. Lit. to crawl or wiggle out of something. The worm squirmed out of its hole and was gobbled up by a bird. The worm squirmed out.
2. Fig. to escape doing something; to escape the responsibility for having done something. He agreed to go but squirmed out at the last minute. You did it and you can't squirm out of it by denying it!
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squirm with something

to fidget or move around restlessly, showing irritation of some type. The children squirmed with impatience, but they kept quiet. I squirmed with discomfort, hoping that the time on the aircraft would pass rapidly.
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squirm out

v.
1. To extricate oneself by sly or subtle means from some situation; worm one's way out of some situation: She squirmed out of the promise she'd made without upsetting anyone. He was supposed to wash the dishes tonight, but somehow he squirmed out.
2. To free oneself from something by turning, twisting, or writhing the body: The fish squirmed out of my grasp. I put the snake in a bag, but it squirmed out.
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At 4 months of age, 74 of them had kicked, squirmed, and cried vigorously when they heard a tape recording of a woman's voice and received other types of simple stimulation.
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On one occasion even, I squirmed through an apostrophe lauding the Notre Dame football team.
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Three members from each team took seats on the arena's floor while their teammates squirmed in nearby bleachers.
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The newborn pup squirmed behind the floorboards, prompting the residents to place a 911 call at 7:25 a.
He blushed, he squirmed, he went all shy, then said, 'Nope'.
Some recoiled from touching the slithering snakes because they squirmed too much, while others delighted in the snakes wrapping themselves around their hands.
Children sat on the dirt above the hill and squirmed as much as their parents would allow.