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crawl / krôl/ • v. [intr.] 1. (of a person) move forward on the hands and knees or by dragging the body close to the ground. ∎  (of an insect or small animal) move slowly along a surface. ∎  (of a vehicle) move at an unusually slow pace. ∎  swim using the crawl. ∎  inf. behave obsequiously or ingratiatingly in the hope of gaining someone's favor: don't come crawling back to me when you realize your mistake. ∎  technical (of paint or other liquid) move after application to form an uneven layer over the surface below: glazes can crawl away from a crack in the piece. 2. (be crawling with) be covered or crowded with insects or people, to an extent that is disgusting or objectionable: the place was crawling with soldiers. • n. [in sing.] 1. an act of moving on one's hands and knees or dragging one's body along the ground. ∎  a slow rate of movement, typically that of a vehicle: he reduced his speed to a crawl. 2. a swimming stroke involving alternate overarm movements and rapid kicks of the legs. PHRASES: make someone's skin crawlsee skin.DERIVATIVES: crawl·ing·ly adv. crawl·y adj.

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crawl

crawl XIV. ME. crawle, superseding earlier creule, croule, of unkn. orig.

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crawlall, appal (US appall), awl, Bacall, ball, bawl, befall, Bengal, brawl, call, caul, crawl, Donegal, drawl, drywall, enthral (US enthrall), fall, forestall, gall, Galle, Gaul, hall, haul, maul, miaul, miscall, Montreal, Naipaul, Nepal, orle, pall, Paul, pawl, Saul, schorl, scrawl, seawall, Senegal, shawl, small, sprawl, squall, stall, stonewall, tall, thrall, trawl, wall, waul, wherewithal, withal, yawl •carryall • blackball • handball •patball • hardball • netball • baseball •paintball • speedball • heelball •meatball • stickball • pinball • spitball •racquetball • basketball • volleyball •eyeball, highball •oddball • softball • mothball •korfball • cornball •lowball, no-ball, snowball •goalball •cueball, screwball •goofball • stoolball • football •puffball • punchball • fireball •rollerball • cannonball • butterball •catchall • bradawl • holdall • Goodall

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