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Squirm   /skwərm/   Listen
Squirm

verb
(past & past part. squirmed; pres. part. squirming)
1.
To move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling).  Synonyms: twist, worm, wrestle, wriggle, writhe.  "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"



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"Squirm" Quotes from Famous Books



... were there to assist him to. He pleaded at any rate immediately his advertising no grievance. "I feel sore, I admit, and it's a horrid sort of thing to have had happen; but when you call him a brute and a hog I rather squirm, for brutes and hogs never live, I guess, in the sort of hell in which ...
— The Finer Grain • Henry James

... would picture Hell to you as it really is. He made you see pretty much what it will be like to wriggle and turn and squirm, and never escape from burning. But Ezekiel Pim, though he seldom said more than three words, uttered those words with such alarming sincerity and had such a sure conviction shining in his eyes that searched right in your face as he said them, ...
— Tales of War • Lord Dunsany



Words linked to "Squirm" :   motion, move, wrench, movement, motility



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