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to worm one's self into
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Worm \Worm\, v. t. 1. To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; -- often followed by out. [1913 Webster] They find themselves wormed out of all power. --Swift. [1913 Webster] They . . . wormed things out of me that I had no desire to tell. --Dickens. [1913 Webster] 2. To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm. See Worm, n. 5 (b) . [1913 Webster] 3. To cut the worm, or lytta, from under the tongue of, as a dog, for the purpose of checking a disposition to gnaw. The operation was formerly supposed to guard against canine madness. [1913 Webster] The men assisted the laird in his sporting parties, wormed his dogs, and cut the ears of his terrier puppies. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 4. (Naut.) To wind rope, yarn, or other material, spirally round, between the strands of, as a cable; to wind with spun yarn, as a small rope. [1913 Webster] Ropes . . . are generally wormed before they are served. --Totten. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] To worm one's self into, to enter into gradually by arts and insinuations; as, to worm one's self into favor. [1913 Webster]