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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Worm.
 
To have a worm in one’s tongue. To be cantankerous; to snarl and bite like a mad dog.   1
       
“There is one casy artifice
That seldom has been known to miss—
To snarl at all things right or wrong.
Like a mad dog that has a worm in’s tongue.”
       
Samuel Butler: Upon Modern Critics.
   To worm out information. To elicit information indirectly and piecemeal.   2
   To worm oneself into another’s favour. To insinuate oneself in an underhand manner into the good graces of another person.   3
   A worm is a spiral instrument resembling a double corkscrew, used for drawing wads and cartridges from cannon, etc.   4
 


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