wriggle out of

phrasal verb

wriggled out of; wriggling out of; wriggles 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.

Examples of wriggle out of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Royals reliever John Schreiber wriggled out of a seventh-inning jam and Kris Bubic worked a clean inning, as well. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 11 July 2024 Chirinos, recently called up from Triple-A Jacksonville, wriggled out of a second-and-third, no-out situation in the fourth, and went five-plus innings, while allowing two runs with six strikeouts and no walks for a no-decision. Harvey Fialkov, Miami Herald, 19 June 2024 But the Gamecocks wriggled out of trouble as pinch-hitter Ross Lovich popped up a bunt, Hudson White flied out and Stovall popped up to right with the bases loaded. Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 20 Apr. 2024 The dog then appeared to wriggle out of the blankets — finally getting to stretch her legs — while someone held her leash. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2024 But as Bornstein says, yards are places where things grow and change, even on turf lawns when clover and dandelions bloom and leaves fall and the worms wriggle out of the ground after a heavy rain. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 The look that would be hard to wriggle out of Maya Jama was a presenter of the awards ceremony so wore multiple looks over the course of the evening. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, 5 Dec. 2023 So when Verizon bought Yahoo in 2017 and Mozilla had a chance to wriggle out of its default agreement, Mozilla promptly backed out, switching back to Google that same year and then renewing Google's default deal in 2020. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 2 Nov. 2023 Jefferson wriggled out of a would-be sack to find Dominique Johnson alone behind the defense for the game's biggest play, a 43-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 23 Sep. 2023

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“Wriggle out of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wriggle%20out%20of. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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