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    Question Worm out of something

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    Would you please answer the questions below?


    1. Does "worm out of something" mean avoid responsibility?

    2. Does "Worm out of someone" mean to try to get information from someone?

    3. Is "Worm out of something" synonomous with "duck the issue"?
    For example: First he shouldered the responsibility of organizing the meeting but later on he worm out of it or he ducked the issue.

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    Re: Worm out of something

    1. Yes, or avoid something.
    2. No, not that I've ever heard.
    3. No.
    "He wormed his way out of mowing the lawn by claiming he had to study for an exam. I asked if that was the truth, but he ducked the issue by pretending not to hear me." The actions have different connotations; worming is a slow wriggling movement and ducking is a quick evasive action. There might be occasions where either will do.

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    Re: Worm out of something

    2. It doesn't mean to try. It means to succeed at getting information out of somebody.

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    Re: Worm out of something

    It only means to try to get information out of someone if it's preceded by "try to".

    He tried to worm it out of me but I held firm and kept my mouth shut.
    Sarah has a secret. I'm going to try to worm it out of her this evening.

    In BrE, you might hear "to wheedle it out of someone" with the same meaning, but it's rather old-fashioned.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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