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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WORM OUT

I do wish you wouldn't coax and worm out of Bella Seymour all I write.

So I leave you to judge how much of your story she may worm out of me.

You are here to worm out what I know in order to betray your friend.

And he knew how to worm out information like an examining lawyer.

He was sent down to worm out of her everything that she knew.

I will be most happy to accept the invitation I've had fairly to worm out of you.

And the General was coming to-day to worm out of her all he could.

She could not get much out of him, but she found herself trying to worm out all she could.

Yes; he tried to worm out of me who my cousin was, and he walked up here on purpose to find out where you lived.

Well then, and not another word of sense shall you worm out of my worn-out old brains after today—all I say is, don't give in!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wurm, variant of wyrm "serpent, dragon," also in later Old English "earthworm," from Proto-Germanic *wurmiz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, German wurm, Old Frisian and Dutch worm, Old Norse ormr, Gothic waurms "serpent, worm"), from PIE *wrmi-/*wrmo- "worm" (cf. Greek rhomos, Latin vermis "worm," Old Russian vermie "insects," Lithuanian varmas "insect, gnat"), possibly from root *wer- (3) "turn" (see versus).

The ancient category of these was much more extensive than the modern, scientific, one and included serpents, scorpions, maggots, and the supposed causes of certain diseases. For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come. As an insult meaning "abject, miserable person" it dates from Old English.

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