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crawl

verb uk   /krɔːl/ us    /krɑːl/

crawl verb (MOVE)

B2 [I] to move slowly or with difficulty, especially with your body stretched out along the ground or on hands and knees: The child crawled across the floor. The injured soldier crawled to safety. Megan has just learned to crawl. The lorry crawled noisily up the hill.
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crawl verb (TRY TO PLEASE)

[I] informal disapproving to try hard to please in order to get an advantage: I don't like people who crawl. UK He crawled to the group leader because he wanted a promotion.

crawl verb (FILL)

be crawling with sth C2 informal to be completely covered with or full of a particular type of thing: The kitchen floor was crawling with ants.

crawl

noun uk   /krɔːl/ us    /krɑːl/

crawl noun (SWIMMING)

C1 [S or U] a style of swimming in which you move your arms over your head and kick with straight legs

crawl noun (MOVEMENT)

C1 [S] a very slow speed: Traffic moved forward at a crawl.
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