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squirm (v.)

1690s, originally referring to eels, of unknown origin; sometimes associated with worm or swarm, but perhaps imitative. Figurative sense "to be painfully affected, to writhe inside" is from 1804. Related: Squirmed; squirming. As a noun from 1839.

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Definitions of squirm from WordNet

squirm (v.)
to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling);
Synonyms: writhe / wrestle / wriggle / worm / twist
From wordnet.princeton.edu