wriggle out of

Definition of wriggle out of

informal + often disapproving

  1. :  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

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

    :  to move or advance by twisting and turning

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

  1. :  a short or quick writhing motion or contortion

    :  a formation or marking of sinuous design

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

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

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

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

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

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

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to cast off or become cast off

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