1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.
“I like to make myself squirm. That’s when I’m good.”
- Actor Ryan Gosling on taking on difficult roles. (Time Out London)
1. Definition - Study the definition.
to be uncomfortable (metaphorically); to wriggle (literally)
2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.
If you’ve ever done something just to make someone uncomfortable, you did it to watch him or her squirm. If your brother can’t find his keys and you know where they are but don’t tell him just to be mean, you did it to watch him squirm.
But things can make you squirm, too. If there’s a really awkward or violent scene in a movie, it might make you squirm in both senses of the word. You might physically wriggle in place as well as feel uncomfortable.
Ryan Gosling feels that he does his best acting when he’s a little uncomfortable. Roles like a skinhead Jew in The Believer and a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson make Gosling squirm, but they’re also his best work.
1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.
“I let him go on about how bad he feels about cheating on me before I told him that I had cheated on him too because I wanted to watch him squirm.”
“Can’t you kids sit still? You’re driving everyone on this plane crazy with your squirming!