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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 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

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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After three gruelling weeks of roughing it in the Australian rainforest and swallowing goodness knows what wriggly wildlife it's crunch time.
An aquatic-themed planter that looks so convincing, it could be a wriggly sea creature's abode on the ocean floor.
When plants die and start to decompose, they return the favor to their wriggly friends, by serving as tasty worm food.
Six wriggly bright threads ascend from the gloves' unlaced mouths agape, oval sockets where the boxer's hands have been yanked free.
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It was so wriggly, it almost pulled me into the water.
T he body of the protagonist is surrounded here, as in other works, by a riotous infinity of flora and fauna, which range from tense dogs and wriggly snakes to highly decorated garlands and symmetrical tropical landscapes.
On it, written in capital letters with a crayon, were the wriggly words: "Closed, Please Come Again.
shouted Michael as he pulled a wriggly fish out of the water.
I am not sending off for another box of wriggly things.
Kids will continue to be treated to a "waitbuster" menu/activity book and the ZOOB(TM) Play System, a colorful, connecting toy, to fill those wriggly moments between ordering and eating.
Oh, the joys of slathering sun cream on your wriggly kids.
Petal is quite a nervous rabbit and can be quite wriggly to handle so for that reason we believe she is suitable to live with a child over the age of 10 years as long as care and interaction is supervised by an adult.
The musical performance involved children from Reception to Year 5 Nightingales Private Day Nursery children taking in part in the Wriggly Nativity Crow Lane Foundation Stage Unit (Nursery & Reception) were among 60 pupils who performed A Wriggly Nativity Birdsedge First School's Classes 2 & 3 in the first-ever performance of The Snow Queen, written and directed by Eddie Purcell specially for Birdsedge First School All 85 Key Stage 2 pupils from Scissett CE(A) First School took part in the Christingle Nativity.
Spellcheck with its wriggly lines has its own days off, and cannot be relied on 100 percent.