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Definition of squirm verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squirm
    he / she / it squirms
    past simple squirmed
    -ing form squirming
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  1. 1[intransitive] to move around a lot making small twisting movements, because you are nervous, uncomfortable, etc. synonym wriggle (+ adv./prep.) The children were squirming restlessly in their seats. + adj. Someone grabbed him but he managed to squirm free.
  2. 2[intransitive] to feel great embarrassment or shame It made him squirm to think how badly he'd messed up the interview.
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