past tense of wriggle
as in crawled
to move slowly with the body close to the ground a worm slowly wriggled across the sidewalk

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as in infiltrated
to introduce in a gradual, secret, or clever way within a month of his arrival, this social upstart had wriggled himself into the family's good graces

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“Wriggled.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/wriggled. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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