- worm out of
- ˌworm ˈout of [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they worm out of he/she/it worms out of present participle worming out of past tense wormed out of past participle wormed out of] phrasal verbto gradually get information from someone who does not want to give it to you
I eventually managed to worm a few details out of him.Main entry: worm
* * *worm out of [phrasal verb]informal1 worm (something) out of (someone) : to get (information) from (someone) by asking many questions, by using clever methods of persuasion, etc.2 worm out of (something) or worm (your way) out of (something) : to avoid doing (something) in usually a clever or dishonest way
He always managed to worm his way out of doing the dishes.• • •Main Entry: ↑worm
Useful english dictionary. 2012.