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

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worm

A contemptible person. He's such a little worm, agreeing with whatever the boss says if he thinks it will get him ahead. My application got held up by some worm with delusions of grandeur, who insisted on questioning every single detail I submitted.

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

worm

 (one's way) in (to something)
1. Fig. to wiggle into something or some place. (Fig. on the image of a worm working its way into a very small space.) The little cat wormed her way into the box and got stuck. The cat wormed into the opening.
2. . Fig. to manipulate one's way into participation in something. She tried to worm her way into the play, but the director refused. You can't have a part, so don't try to worm in.

worm

 (one's way) out (of something)
1. Fig. to wiggle out of something or some place. (Fig. on the image of a worm working its way out of a very small space.) Somehow she managed to worm her way out of the handcuffs. Frank wormed out of the opening. He struggled and struggled and wormed out.
2. . Fig. to manipulate oneself out of a job or responsibility. Don't try to worm yourself out of this affair. It is your fault! You can't worm out of this.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

worm

n. a repellent person, usually a male. Gad, you are a worm, Tom.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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