Creep

  • 41creep — [[t]krip[/t]] v. crept or, sometimes, creeped; creep•ing, n. 1) to move slowly with the body close to the ground, on hands and knees, or the like 2) to approach slowly and stealthily (often fol. by up) 3) to advance slowly and often with… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 42creep — [OE] Creep is an ancient verb, which has been traced back to Indo–European *greub . This was the source also of Dutch kriupen and Swedish krypa ‘creep’, and of Lithuanian grubineti ‘stumble’, and links have been suggested with English cripple.… …

    Word origins

  • 43creep up — verb advance stealthily or unnoticed (Freq. 1) Age creeps up on you • Syn: ↑sneak up • Hypernyms: ↑advance, ↑progress, ↑pass on, ↑move on, ↑march o …

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  • 44creep up — v. (D; intr.) to creep up on (he crept upon me in the dark) * * * (D; intr.) to creep up on (he crept up on me in the dark) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 45creep —    The mass movement process, surficial sediments (creep deposit), or landform that results from very slow downslope mass wasting of unconsolidated earthy material driven primarily by gravity, but facilitated by water saturation and by and freeze …

    Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • 46creep — i. The gradual rotation of a tire around a wheel. To detect creeping, white index marks are made on tires and wheels and are called creep marks. Some tires have two molded arrows in between which creep marks are painted …

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  • 47creep — verb (past and past participle crept krɛpt) 1》 move slowly and carefully, especially in order to avoid being heard or noticed.     ↘move or progress very slowly and steadily.     ↘(of a plant) grow along the ground or other surface by extending… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 48creep by — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms creep by : present tense I/you/we/they creep by he/she/it creeps by present participle creeping by past tense crept by past participle crept by if time creeps by, it passes very slowly The minutes seemed to… …

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  • 49creep — [kriːp] (past tense and past participle crept [krept] ) verb [I] I 1) to move slowly and quietly Sue crept up the stairs.[/ex] The fog was creeping across the bay.[/ex] 2) to gradually happen or start A smile crept over her face.[/ex] • creep up… …

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  • 50creep — [1] The tendency of a vehicle with automatic transmission to edge forward when idling when the transmission is in Drive and the brake is not engaged. Also called idling drag. [2] When a crankshaft has slightly excessive runout (is slightly bent) …

    Dictionary of automotive terms

  • 51creep — n. a weird person; an eerie person. □ Charlie is such a creep when he’s stoned. □ I thought Charlie was a creep no matter what …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 52creep — v. & n. v.intr. (past and past part. crept) 1 move with the body prone and close to the ground; crawl. 2 (often foll. by in, out, up, etc.) come, go, or move slowly and stealthily or timidly (crept out without being seen). 3 enter slowly (into a… …

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  • 53creep up — verb To advance with stealth, unnoticed (literally or figuratively). The lioness has to creep up behind her prey so as not to be noticed …

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  • 54creep — verb ADVERB ▪ quietly, silently ▪ slowly ▪ stealthily ▪ carefully, cautiously ▪ about …

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  • 55creep in — phr verb Creep in is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bias …

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  • 56creep — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. crawl, worm, grovel. See slowness. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. crawl, slither, writhe, worm along, sneak, steal, slink, edge; see also crawl 1 , sneak . See Synonym Study at crawl . • make one s flesh… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 57creep — the flow or plastic deformation of metals held for long periods of time, even at stresses lower than the normal yield strength. Creep is the time dependent part of a strain resulting from any stress. The effect is particularly important if the… …

    Mechanics glossary

  • 58creep — I n A mean, despicable person. That creep ran off with my girl. 1940s II n A sneak thief. He was making a marginal living as a creepuntil the cops caught him at his trade. 1910s III v To cheat on someone romantically. I ve been creeping on my… …

    Historical dictionary of American slang

  • 59creep — strange person, pervert, weirdo    What a creep! He looks like a stray dog! …

    English idioms

  • 60creep to — informal behave obsequiously towards. → creep …

    English new terms dictionary