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Date: Oct 25 2007


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!


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

laola2007 make himself feel uncomfortable, to create an unusual and stressful situation in order to start working on it and moving on
by laola2007Super Member!
jpsartre1 To feel very uncomfortable or embarrassment, especially because of shame.
by jpsartre1
to twist your body about,as if from discomfort or nervousness
by Faustine
to move around by making small twisting movements
by malhiboblz
to writhe, wriggle
by DerIschkan
monicalo He likes to make himself nevous.
by monicalo
by ihi
Anna9 its means twisting your body or wriggle with shy or embarassment..i guess suppose i say he squirm when someone praised him in the party..is it correct? Anna (the guest)
by Anna9
highlook the act of wiggling
by highlook
to be embarrassed
by oceangirl05
to wriggle along or to feel shame
by Imelda Pera
babyxiao make himself uncomfortable (mentally?!) to fit the role of the scene better.
by babyxiao
Red-Onyx to make yourself seem nervous or uncomfortable
by Red-Onyx
To feel of humiliation or embarrassment
by xxhelloxx84
to squiggle, twist about, wiggle out of something
by look_closer
Azita To.. twist and turn..?
by Azita
by anna1
myyyyyr writhe
by myyyyyr

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11:26 AM Oct 31 2007 |

Nancy Yan

Nancy Yan


The tough thing make me squirm.

01:50 AM Oct 30 2007 |



fidget or struggle.

01:46 AM Oct 28 2007 |

Mangkhaw Gangte


I need frens who can help me improving my English

06:56 PM Oct 26 2007 |



its cool

04:45 AM Oct 26 2007 |



i always try to nothing happened when i meet squirm

02:09 AM Oct 26 2007 |




i m a dentist so my patients make theirselves squirm under my hand even if i try to inspire and make them feel better

06:22 PM Oct 25 2007 |



Watching others squirm also make myself squirm!

01:08 PM Oct 25 2007 |




when vessel of fish feeding break you can see a fish squirmed on the ground for a few moments and then lay still.

07:46 AM Oct 25 2007 |



i help the old people when they are squirm.

06:59 AM Oct 25 2007 |



When I started speaking English I thought I was making myself squirm.

06:05 AM Oct 25 2007 |



United States

when someone is watching a violent movie for instance,some scenes make you tremble and feel a little bit chilly on the inside,that’s how I would define”squirm”

02:18 AM Oct 25 2007 |




He was the last one who knew this, we just watched him squirm.

12:17 AM Oct 25 2007 |

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