weasel out of

phrasal verb

weaseled out of; weaseling out of; weasels out of
chiefly US, informal + usually disapproving
: to avoid doing (something) by being dishonest, by persuading someone in a clever way, etc.
She weaseled out of our agreement.
He weaseled his way out of helping me with the yard work.

Examples of weasel out of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a worst-case scenario, striking down EMTALA protections could provide a pathway to allow states to weasel out of emergency care in other MAGA-unpopular instances, such as intervention for a gender-affirming care emergency or life-saving HIV treatment. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024

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“Weasel out of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weasel%20out%20of. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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