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Definition of crawl verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    crawl

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//krɔl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crawl
     
    he / she / it crawls
     
    past simple crawled
     
    -ing form crawling
     
     
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  1. 1 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move forward on your hands and knees, with your body close to the ground Our baby is just starting to crawl. A man was crawling away from the burning wreckage. She crawled under the fence.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) when an insect crawls, it moves forward on its legs There's a spider crawling up your leg.
  3. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move forward very slowly The traffic was crawling along. The weeks crawled by.
  4. Idioms
    come crawling back (to somebody) (disapproving)
     
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    to behave in a way that shows you are sorry for something you have done to someone and that you would now like their approval Don’t come crawling back to me later when you realize what a mistake you’ve made.
    come/crawl out of the woodwork (informal) (disapproving)
     
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    if you say that someone comes/crawls out of the woodwork, you mean that they have suddenly appeared in order to express an opinion or to take advantage of a situation When he won the lottery, all sorts of distant relatives came out of the woodwork.
    make your flesh crawl/creep
     
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    to make you feel afraid or full of disgust Just the sight of him makes my flesh crawl.
    make your skin crawl
     
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    to make you feel afraid or full of disgust Just the sight of him makes my skin crawl.
    Phrasal Verbsbe crawling with something
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