Part of speech: verb

To bend and twist the body; wriggle.

Part of speech: verb

To climb by shinning.

Part of speech: noun

A squirming motion.

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Usage examples "squirm":

  1. The news of the fighting made them squirm, and for hours after listening to a military report of the advance of Patton and Montgomery they paced the floor. - "A Yankee Flier in Italy", Rutherford G. Montgomery.
  2. When you think of it beforehand, it makes you squirm in your shoes, but when you've just got it face to face, it seems so obvious that you forget to be afraid. - "Plays: Lady Frederick, The Explorer, A Man of Honor", William Somerset Maugham.
  3. But in vain did Emma Morton try to squirm from his grasp; in vain she tried to quiet his clatter. - "In the Heart of a Fool", William Allen White.