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90s Slang You Should Know

red worm

or redworm

North Central, South Midland, and Southern U.S. an earthworm.
Origin of red worm
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50
Regional variation note
See earthworm. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then the suit went gliding over a stilled tangle of red worm bodies.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • It means also a red worm used for a bait in angling or fishing.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A small marsh worm is considered best, but a brandling or a red worm will answer; or in a flood the tail half of a lob worm.

  • In a little week, the hand which I then gazed on, would be a banquet for the red worm of the grave.

  • The phrase used by a person who threatens arson is, "I will make the red worm creep into your roof."

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott

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