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earwig

  

      n  
1    any of various insects of the order Dermaptera, esp. Forficula auricularia (common European earwig), which typically have an elongated body with small leathery forewings, semicircular membranous hindwings, and curved forceps at the tip of the abdomen  
      vb   , -wigs, -wigging, -wigged  
2    Informal   to eavesdrop  
3    tr  
Archaic   to attempt to influence (a person) by private insinuation  
     (Old English earwicga, from eare ear1 + wicga beetle, insect; probably from a superstition that the insect crept into human ears)  
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