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English definition of “creep up on sb”

creep up on sb

verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk phrasal verb with creep   /kriːp/ (crept, crept) us  
If a feeling or state creeps up on you, you start to experience it so gradually that you do not realize it: It was only after I turned 60 that old age began to creep up on me.
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