worm (one's) way out (of something)

worm (one's) way out (of something)

1. To crawl, wriggle, or squeeze out of some tight or confined thing or space. The dog disappeared beneath the porch, then wormed her way out of it again with a dead rat in her mouth. I need to lose some weight. I managed to get my old jeans on, but it took me nearly 10 minutes to worm my way out again!
2. To disentangle oneself from some situation, duty, or responsibility, especially through sly, devious, or cunning means. You've wormed your way out of doing the dishes for the last time! Sally always finds some way to worm her way out of any trouble she gets herself into. I told you that the whole company has to be there to do the inventory count—you're not worming your way out this time!
See also: out, way, worm
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