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English definition of “creep up on sb”

creep up on sb

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