wriggle out of

To circumvent an obligation by sneaky means.

The worm wriggled out of the mans pocket.


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  • wriggle out of — [phrasal verb] wriggle out of (something) informal + often disapproving : to avoid doing (something that you do not want to do) in some clever or dishonest way She tried to wriggle out of the contract. Don t let him wriggle out of paying you for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wriggle out of — PHRASAL VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone has wriggled out of doing something, you disapprove of the fact that they have managed to avoid doing it, although they should have done it. [V P P n/ ing] The Government has tried to wriggle out …   English dictionary

  • wriggle out of — phr verb Wriggle out of is used with these nouns as the object: ↑commitment …   Collocations dictionary

  • wriggle out of — avoid by devious means. → wriggle …   English new terms dictionary

  • wriggle out of — Get out of (by adroit management), work out of, work one s way out of …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • wriggle out — get out by squirming …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wriggle out of — Syn: avoid, shirk, dodge, evade, sidestep; escape; informal duck …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • wriggle out of (doing) something — showing disapproval phrase to avoid doing something by making excuses Don’t try and wriggle out of doing your homework. Thesaurus: to avoid doing something, or to avoid somethingsynonym Main entry: wriggle …   Useful english dictionary

  • wriggle out of out of doing something — ˌwriggle ˈout of sth/out of doing sth derived (informal, disapproving) to avoid doing sth that you should do, especially by thinking of clever excuses • He tried desperately to wriggle out of giving a clear answer. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • wriggle out of something of doing something — ˌwriggle ˈout of sth/out of doing sth derived (informal, disapproving) to avoid doing sth that you should do, especially by thinking of clever excuses • He tried desperately to wriggle out of giving a clear answer. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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