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wiggle out (of something)

1. To extricate oneself from a snug thing or place by or as by twisting and contorting one's body in order to maneuver out of it. I thought I was completely stuck in the crawlspace, but I was finally able to wiggle out. The jeans were so tight that I had to wiggle out of them.
2. To avoid or disentangle oneself from some situation, task, duty, or responsibility, especially through sly, devious, or cunning means. He always tries to wiggle out of doing the dishes each night, claiming he has some project or another he has to work on for school. Sally always finds some way to wiggle out of any trouble she gets herself into. I told you two weeks ago that the whole company has to be there to do the stock count—you're not wiggling out of it this time!
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wiggle out of something

1. . Lit to get out of something or some place; to squirm out of something or some place. The kitten was able to wiggle out of the cage in which it had been put. The squirrel wiggled out of the trap we caught it in.
2. . Fig. to manage to get out of a job, the blame for something, or a responsibility. Don't try to wiggle out of your job! You are to blame and don't try to wiggle out of it!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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