to weasel out

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - weasel out

"to weasel out"

to evade or avoid responsibility often by being dishonest


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - weasel out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  A bunch of us are going out for dinner. Do you want to come along?

Friend 2:  Is Terry going?

Friend 1:  Yes, why?

Friend 2:  Because when the bill comes, Terry always tries to weasel out of paying his share of the bill.  He's always got some sort of excuse like he forgot his wallet or he didn't eat as much as everyone else.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - weasel out

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Today's the day we all head out after work to pick up garbage from the side of the highway. Remember we volunteered as a group to adopt a highway.  It's part of our new corporate social responsibility strategy.

Colleague 2:  I can't make it today. I have to pick up the kids and I am way too busy.

Colleague 1:  No way! You can't weasel out now.

to weasel out - Usage:


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to weasel out - Gerund Form:

Weaseling out of doing the dishes by saying that you have too much homework is common with teenagers.

to weasel out - Examples:

1)  ... socialist country like ours, enjoying socialist benefits at every turn, yet try to weasel out of paying for them.

2)  ... grateful that I can. And, oh yeah, I never try to weasel out of doing dishes so if you invite me over for dinner that chore is ...

3)  ... they only do that under extreme duress and when there's no other way to weasel out from accepting the responsibility of their words and/or actions.

4)  I think using paid informants or allowing criminals to weasel out of paying their debts to society by working as police agents is a travesty ...

5)  ... take on debts... and then can't pay them.... it's OK to weasel out of them?

6)  Since I knew my ex-husband would do whatever it took to weasel out of paying his child support, I asked my attorneys if ...

7)  The not-for-profit news group has attempted to distance itself from the Newsnight scandal, and weasel out of their own part in this whole sorry fiasco.

8)  And now you are equivocating and trying to weasel out of saying you are wrong.

9)  Ms Caputo Nowak tried to weasel out of the kidnapping and attempted murder charges by claiming she went nuts.

10)  ... prediction very clear, and then add some seemingly minor caveats that allow you to weasel out in the event you're wrong.

11)  He subsequently apologized to his Republican constituents, trying to weasel out of it, also, by saying that he was misinformed by his staff.

12)  If he lies to weasel out of what he's accused of, that's perjury.

13)  When reporters asked him, he initially tried to weasel out of answering, but eventually confessed to having a dog.

14)  Men also barred women from service in the military, women didn't weasel out and foist it on men.

15)  ... or maybe kept everyone's hours short enough to weasel out of providing insurance?

16)  Instead, he let her weasel out of it with a number of contradictory statements in past weeks intended to obscure ...

17)  ... never mind the photographed trying to weasel out by giving lame-sounding excuses.

18)  Watts is not happy and is now trying to weasel out of his previous support for the study.

19)  And once he does so, you can't weasel out of the deal by claiming you changed your mind.

20)  Sounds like this man is not being completely honest here, in his efforts to weasel out of taking responsibility for seriously injuring someone and leaving them to die.