weasel out

wea·sel out
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wee-zuh l out]
    • /ˈwi zəl aʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wee-zuh l out]
    • /ˈwi zəl aʊt/

Definitions of weasel out words

  • noun plural weasel out any small carnivore of the genus Mustela, of the family Mustelidae, having a long, slender body and feeding chiefly on small rodents. 1
  • noun plural weasel out any of various similar animals of the family Mustelidae. 1
  • noun plural weasel out a cunning, sneaky person. 1
  • noun plural weasel out a tracked vehicle resembling a tractor, used in snow. 1
  • noun plural weasel out Slang. an informer; stool pigeon. 1
  • verb without object weasel out to evade an obligation, duty, or the like; renege (often followed by out): That's one invitation I'd like to weasel out of. 1

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Origin of weasel out

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; 1920-25 for def 6; Middle English wesele, Old English wesle, weosule; cognate with Old High German wisula, German Wiesel

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Parts of speech for Weasel out


weasel out popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for weasel out

verb weasel out

  • back out — If you back out, you decide not to do something that you previously agreed to do.
  • backwater — A backwater is a place that is isolated.
  • beg off — to ask to be released from an engagement, obligation, etc
  • blow off — If you blow something off, you ignore it or choose not to deal with it.

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