worm


worm
worm1 [wə:m US wə:rm] n
[: Old English; Origin: wyrm 'snake, worm']
1.) a long thin creature with no bones and no legs that lives in soil
→↑earthworm, lugworm
2.) the young form of an insect, which looks like a short worm
3.) have worms
if a person or animal has worms, they have legless ↑parasites (=small creatures that eat their food or their blood) in their body
4.) someone who you do not like or respect
5.) a type of computer ↑virus that can make copies of itself and destroy information on computers that are connected to each other
6.) the worm turns
literary used to say that someone who normally obeys someone without complaining suddenly refuses to do this
can of worms atcan2 (4)
worm 2
worm2 v [T]
1.) worm (your way) into/through etc sth
to move through a small place or a crowd slowly, carefully, or with difficulty
He wormed his way under the fence.
2.) worm your way into sb's affections/heart/confidence etc
to gradually make someone love or trust you, especially by being dishonest
3.) worm your way out of (doing) sth
to avoid doing something that you have been asked to do by making an excuse that is dishonest but clever
Steve wormed his way out of going to the meeting.
4.) to give an animal medicine in order to remove ↑parasites that live inside it
worm out of [worm sth out of sb] phr v
to get information from someone who does not want to give it

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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