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worm (something) out of (one)
To obtain information from one, usually by nefarious or deceptive means. Oh, she's good—she'll worm a confession out of you before you even know what’s happening. See if you can worm the password out of Bill—he seems like an easy target.
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worm something out of someone
to draw or manipulate information out of someone. I managed to worm the name of the doctor out of her before she ran off. You can't worm the names out of me!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
worm out of
Elicit or make one's way by artful or devious means. For example, He tried to worm the answer out of her, or She can't worm out of this situation. This expression alludes to the sinuous passage of a worm. [Early 1700s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
worm out of
1. To elicit something from someone by artful or devious means: The clever police officers wormed a confession out of the suspect.
2. To extricate oneself from some situation by artful or devious means: You can't worm out of this situation, so don't even try.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.