Idiom – Get a wriggle on

  • Idiom – Get a wriggle on or Get a wiggle on
  • Meaning – Hurry up. This expression is used when you want to tell someone (quite forcefully) to do something faster.
  • In the UK get a wriggle on is more common. In the US get a wiggle on is used more.
  • A similar idiom is get your skates on.
  • The verbs wriggle and wiggle are similar – but not exactly the same.
    • To wiggle means to move in any direction with small, quick movements.
    • To wriggle means to twist and turn, especially if you are trying to remove yourself from a trap.
  • Still confused? This animations might help:

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Usage:

When could you use this idiom?

  • If somebody is taking too long to get ready.
  • When a person is taking too long to finish doing something.
  • If someone is walking too slowly.
  • When you are losing patience with someone!
Example:
  • “What’s taking you so long? If you don’t get a wriggle on we are going to miss our flight!”
Discuss:
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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