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  • verb Present participle of shimmy.


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  • I shimmied up and wrapped my arms around Helen just as a wall of water, about six feet high and pushing rocks and tree limbs in front of it, slammed into the cottonwood, dousing all three of us.

    Excerpt: Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

  • They were forced to exit from a still-attached lifeboat that became impossible to use once the ship began to tip over; so they climbed a ladder dropped too them off a deck and shimmied down a rope to a waiting rescue vessel.

    Costa Concordia Disaster: Italian Cruise Ship Runs Aground Off Tuscany Coast

  • Backed by a band that included an acoustic guitarist/bass player, a drummer, a percussionist/trombonist, a keyboard player and a flutist/saxophonist, she shimmied gracefully around the stage, and with her arms outstretched exhorted the audience to clap and sing.

    Gilberto Updates the Family Recipe

  • Suddenly, Egyptian Reggae came blasting out of the stereo system, and my uncle, fez on head and drink in hand, sand danced his way diagonally across the swirly carpet from bar to kitchen, where he was joined by two semi-uniformed gentlemen-of-the-law, drinks in hand, helmets askew, and the three of them shimmied their way back to the bar.

    Family life

  • When his dance was done, Zuma shimmied down the gangway, hands up and palms outstretched, lofted along by the cheers.

    Jacob’s Ladder

  • Like his boss, Javier was also fascinated by Abigail, and as he danced with her he was "captivated by her energy and grace, the way her bright skirt shimmied with her hips, and her dancer's legs, long and shapely, on full display with every cross-body lead and turn."

    Drink One to Me, Christian Bennett by Vicki Allen

  • On a branch outside a sparrow flexed its wings and shimmied side to side in a palsied dance.

    My Other Mother is a Ferrari

  • As is the tradition with this music, people danced—most adults did awkward jigs while the kids shimmied around as band members smiled encouragement.

    In Queens, a New String Theory

  • (She sells the same meatballs at a cart outside of her midtown restaurant, Mia Dona.) "I can't believe I won," shrilled Ms. Arpaia, as she shimmied to the stage in black suede boots and a tiny red dress.

    Not Your Mother's Meatballs

  • I relaxed instead and shimmied my way out of this sparkly sequence freakin' disaster that I got myself into.

    Kathy Kaehler: Stuck in the Dressing Room


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