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.
They find themselves wormed out of all power.
They . . . wormed things out of me that I had no
desire to tell. --Dickens.
2. To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge
from, as a firearm. See Worm, n. 5
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
The men assisted the laird in his sporting parties,
wormed his dogs, and cut the ears of his terrier
puppies. --Sir W.
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.
Ropes . . . are generally wormed before they are
To worm one's self into, to enter into gradually by arts
and insinuations; as, to worm one's self into favor.