wrig|gle1 [ˈrıgəl] v
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: Probably from Middle Low German wriggeln]
to twist your body from side to side with small quick movements
Stop wriggling and let me put your T-shirt on.
wriggle under/through/into
He wriggled through the window.
The dog wriggled free and ran off.
2.) [T]
to move a part of your body backwards and forwards with small movements
She took off her shoes and wriggled her toes.
>wriggly[i] adj
a wriggly worm
wriggle out of [wriggle out of sth] phr v
1.) to avoid doing something by using clever excuses
= ↑get out of something
Don't try to wriggle out of your responsibilities.
2.) to take off a tight piece of clothing by twisting your body from side to side
She wriggled out of her dress.
wriggle 2
wriggle2 n
a movement in which you twist your body from side to side

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