- 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[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) when an insect crawls, it moves forward on its legs There's a spider crawling up your leg.
- 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move forward very slowly The traffic was crawling along. The weeks crawled by. Idioms
NAmE//krɔl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crawl
he / she / it crawls
past simple crawled
-ing form crawling
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 crawling back (to somebody) (disapproving)jump to other results
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.
come/crawl out of the woodwork (informal) (disapproving)jump to other results
to make you feel afraid or full of disgust Just the sight of him makes my flesh crawl.
make your flesh crawl/creepjump to other results
to make you feel afraid or full of disgust Just the sight of him makes my skin crawl. Phrasal Verbsbe crawling with something
make your skin crawljump to other results