weasel out of

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of weasel 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.

Word by Word Definitions

weasel play
  1. : any of various small slender active carnivorous mammals (genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae, the weasel family) that are able to prey on animals (such as rabbits) larger than themselves, are mostly brown with white or yellowish underparts, and in northern forms turn white in winter — compare ermine 1a

  2. : a light self-propelled tracked vehicle built either for traveling over snow, ice, or sand or as an amphibious vehicle

  3. : a sneaky, untrustworthy, or insincere person

  1. : to use weasel words : equivocate

  2. : to escape from or evade a situation or obligation

  3. : to manipulate shiftily

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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