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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WORMING

Niplightly was worming his way out at the back of Parson Quiggin.

He is worming his way into my uncle's confidence to an extraordinary extent.

Worming is generally resorted to as a preparative for serving.

It was a long, tiresome business this worming their way out.

Worming his way down the path he fled from the flashes of blue light.

Worming their way into his family, and now stealing from his mine.

As they were worming their way up they heard another piece of news.

They followed, worming their way in the same fashion about a dozen yards.

Then he slipped into the brush, worming his way to the other side.

Story, worming his way through the jumble, clapped his hands.

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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