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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

get a wriggle on

To go faster. Those guys better get a wriggle on or we'll be moving boxes all day! I know we have to leave soon, so I'm getting a wriggle on!
See also: get, on, wriggle

wriggle 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 wriggle out. The jeans were so tight that I had to wriggle 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 wriggle 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 wriggle 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 wriggling out of it this time!
See also: out, wriggle

wriggle (one's) way 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 wriggle my way back out. The jeans were so tight that I had to wriggle my way 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 wriggle his way out of doing the dishes each night, claiming he has some project or another he has to work on for school. Sally is so charming that she can wriggle her way out of any trouble she gets into. I told you two weeks ago that the whole company has to be there to do the stock count—you're not wriggling your out of it this time!
See also: out, way, wriggle

wriggle in(to something)

to wiggle and squeeze into something or some place. You will never be able to wriggle into that swimming suit. I can just wriggle in!
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wriggle out

 (of something)
1. . Lit. to wiggle and squeeze out of something or some place. She wriggled out of her tight skirt and changed into something more comfortable. The skirt was so tight, she had to wriggle out. She couldn't pull it off.
2. . Fig. to get out of having to do something; to evade a responsibility. Don't try to wriggle out of this. I won't let you wriggle out this time.
See also: out, wriggle

wriggle out

v.
1. To free oneself from something by turning or twisting the body with sinuous writhing motions: I tried to pick up the cat, but it wriggled out of my grasp and ran away.
2. To extricate oneself by sly or subtle means from some situation; worm one's way out of some situation: He always wriggles out of trouble by placing the blame on someone else.
See also: out, wriggle
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The programme ran until 1982 and Nerys Hughes, above, and Tony Aitken presented the final stories of Wriggly Worm.
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