"crawling" in the noun sense
1. crawl, crawling, creep, creeping
a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
"a crawl was all that the injured man could manage"
"the traffic moved at a creep"
"crawling" in the verb sense
1. crawl, creep
move slowly in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground
"The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
feel as if crawling with insects
"My skin crawled
be full of
"The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
4. fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel
show submission or fear
swim by doing the crawl they often don't know how to crawl"
"European children learn the breast stroke
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