wriggle out of

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of wriggle out of

informal + often disapproving
: to avoid doing (something that one does 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 your work.

Word by Word Definitions

wriggle play
  1. : to move the body or a bodily part to and fro with short writhing motions like a worm : squirm

  2. : to move or advance by twisting and turning

  3. : to extricate or insinuate oneself or reach a goal as if by wriggling

  1. : a short or quick writhing motion or contortion

  2. : a formation or marking of sinuous design

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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