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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /skwɜːm/
- (General American) IPA(key): /skwɝm/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)m
- To twist one's body with snakelike motions.
- The prisoner managed to squirm out of the straitjacket.
- 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
- […] around us there had sprung up a perfect bedlam of screams and hisses and a seething caldron of hideous reptiles, devoid of fear and filled only with hunger and with rage. They clambered, squirmed and wriggled to the deck, forcing us steadily backward, though we emptied our pistols into them.
- 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1
- "Throw it away, dear, do," she said, as they got into the road; but Jacob squirmed away from her […]
- 2011 February 5, Michael Kevin Darling, “Tottenham 2 - 1 Bolton”, in BBC:
- The Dutchman then missed a retaken second spot-kick, before the Trotters hit back when Daniel Sturridge's shot squirmed under Heurelho Gomes.
- To twist in discomfort, especially from shame or embarrassment.
- I recounted the embarrassing story in detail just to watch him squirm.
- 2010, Jeph Jacques, Questionable Content 1686: Twist in the Wind
- MARIGOLD: Should I tell them I know?
- DORA: Nah, let ’em squirm. Let’s go get some pie.
- Synonym: fidget
- To evade a question, an interviewer etc. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
twist one’s body with snakelike motion
twist in discomfort, especially from shame or embarrassment
to evade a question, an interviewer etc.
squirm (plural squirms)
- A twisting, snakelike movement of the body.