wriggle off the hook

wriggle off the hook

To avoid having to do something, likened to a fish escaping from the hook of a fishing rod. My mom wanted me to help her clean out the garage this weekend, but I was able to wriggle off the hook, thanks to my away basketball game.
See also: hook, off, wriggle
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A South African team led this week by Faf du Plessis will not allow England to wriggle off the hook.
When you've got a total like that, you need everything to go your way throughout the innings and to continue taking wickets," said captain Collingwood, who saw the eventual winners wriggle off the hook from 9-3.
DAVE KING slated the official report into the chaos at the Scottish Cup Final as the Rangers chairman said no one should be allowed to wriggle off the hook.
someone killed "They preferred to wriggle off the hook rather than deal with a serious safety issue.
Benwell Hill (297-7) were unable to force a win over Whitburn (223-8), and Gateshead Fell lost after looking certain to win - they had Stockton 46-6 but let them wriggle off the hook.
YOU'VE got to hand it to Manchester City - they most certainly know how to wriggle off the hook.
April 13 1997: Ten man Boro wriggle off the hook and hit from behind to draw 3-3 at Old Trafford in a pulsating, action-packed FA Cup semi-final against mighty minnows Chesterfield.
But thanks to James Cameron, who made 41 off 94 balls, Surrey allowed Worcestershire to wriggle off the hook.
Gold Coast coach John Cartwright didn't hold back in attacking his side after the Titans let the Parramatta Eels wriggle off the hook by conceding a last-gasp try in Sydney.
Having allowed Northamptonshire to wriggle off the hook at 163 for seven in order to secure a slender first innings lead earlier in the day, Surrey looked to make a more considered start to their second innings.
Ishikawa bears a heavy political responsibility, and he is sorely mistaken if he thinks he will be allowed to wriggle off the hook because the incident occurred while he was working as one of Ozawa's secretaries.
Brady said she had no axe to grind with former England international McManaman, who tried to wriggle off the hook in the last few days.
Prosecuting the staff involved in the retained swab incident won't ensure that it will not happen again and may simply allow management to wriggle off the hook.
9 hitter to foul out to first base to wriggle off the hook.