weasel out

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1. Any of various carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a long slender body, a long tail, short legs, and brownish fur that in many species turns white in winter.
2. A person regarded as sneaky or treacherous.
intr.v. wea·seled, wea·sel·ing, wea·sels also wea·selled or wea·sel·ling
To be evasive; equivocate.
Phrasal Verb:
weasel out Informal
To back out of a situation or commitment in a sneaky or cowardly manner.

[Middle English wesele, from Old English wesle.]
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weasel out

vb (intr, adverb) , -sels, -selling or -selled, -seling or -seled
1. to go back on a commitment
2. to evade a responsibility, esp in a despicable manner
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vi (= wriggle out)sich rauslavieren (inf)(of aus)
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