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earwig

The insect Foricula auricularia , of the order Dermaptera , whose popular name derives from the widely held idea that it can burrow its way into the head after entering the ear and cause untold damage to the brain. Earwigs do occasionally enter the external auditory canal but are prevented by the eardrum from proceeding further. They can easily be floated out by instilling a little oil.
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A discussion followed between Shanks and his staff and I earwigged, listening to Shanks singing the praises of the Blues' big man.
So far Iraq's response to Powell's most telling points, the earwigged conversations about hiding weapons and the picture of the decontamination truck, have been seriously shifty.