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"wriggle" in British English

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wriggleverb

uk   us   /ˈrɪɡ.l̩/
[I or T] to ​twistyourbody, or ​movepart of ​yourbody, with ​small, ​quickmovements: A ​largeworm wriggled in the ​freshlydugearth. Baby Martha was wriggling her ​toes in the ​sand. [I + adv/prep] to ​movesomewhere using ​short, ​quicktwistingmovements: The ​tunnel was ​low and ​dark, but she ​managed to wriggle through to the other ​side. After ​twisting and ​turning for a while, he ​managed to wriggle free.
Phrasal verbs

wrigglenoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈrɪɡ.l̩/
an ​act of wriggling: With a wriggle, she ​managed to ​crawl through the ​gap.
(Definition of wriggle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wriggleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈrɪɡ·əl/
to make ​smallquickmovements with the ​body, ​turning from ​side to ​side: [I] Somehow he ​twisted himself about and wriggled ​free of Farkas’s ​grip and ​danced away.
(Definition of wriggle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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