Meaning of CREEP in English

CREEP

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

feature creep

mission creep

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

along

Slowly, step by step, she crept along the terrace until she stood there, looking in.

This relative of the dogwood family, whose trees are well known farther south, here creeps along just under the soil.

You creep along to an open doorway.

The school building program -.. is creeping along at a painfully slow clip.

It was very easy to imagine eyes peering from the gloom, or strange beings creeping along the path behind them.

As they crept along they could not help wondering what they would find.

Go quiet. Creep along , maybe catch kill snake for pot.

He crept along the wall, keeping in the shadows.

around

I crept around to the back of the house and watched as he carried her through the kitchen and into the garage.

Bugs creep around him through the tendrils and quite near a thrush is singing.

It makes it impossible for anyone to creep around your house without making a noise.

At night, the lonesome limbs would be programmed to creep around and do housework while everyone is asleep.

The silence crept around them, as thick as the darkness.

He crept around in the huge inner yard, looking for clues.

I didn't know him very well and I despised him for being well behaved and creeping around telling stories about me.

They are tough, tensile; part of the structure of the poem rather than decorative vines creeping around it.

away

A sensible person respected the sleeping beast and crept away .

I crept away into the woods after an hour and his voice followed me there.

She went there, guilty at having crept away .

All that day and the next we crept away from the northern perimeter of the storm.

Mayne and his group crept away , leaving the guards to fight it out between themselves.

She came down the hall in a red gown as I crept away from Hugh.

She wedged their magazines between old paint tins and imperfectly washed milk bottles and towers of flowerpots, and crept away .

He hadn't said a tithe of the prayers he knew when the sunlight crept away toward the church.

back

Totally mystified by his experience, he crept back to the booking hall and tried to sleep.

When the shouting subsided, I crept back to the door.

Pottz wiped out three waves in a row and crept back in with his tail between his legs.

But the capital gains differential began creeping back in with tax changes promoted by both George Bush and Bill Clinton.

But costly turnovers allowed Washington to creep back into the game, despite the dominance of the Cowboys defence.

He was allowed to creep back into power for want of a credible alternative.

She'd come creeping back again, complaining about Dad's crumpled collars and his scuffed shoes, sprucing him up.

Do werewolves feel this sense of safety as they creep back just at dawn into some borrowed body?

closer

Harriet Shakespeare and the policemen had begun to creep closer , ready to run as soon as the first shot was fired.

We crept closer , and watched her push her defiant hair away from her forehead with the back of her hand.

Elizabeth crept closer to snap a close-range shot of her friend's sand-flecked face.

Hidell creeps closer to the East.

He could hear beating noises as he crept closer , transferring the bomb from one sweating hand to the other.

He read the letter over and over again, and with each re-reading the possibility of belief crept closer .

down

Jenna crept down the stairs, pulling her dressing-gown closely round her, stumbling across the room to the door.

A woman crept down her front steps in a pink bathrobe, her hand holding on to the rail beside the steps.

What was the alternative, though? Creep down , armed with a poker, and confront the intruder?

I pulled on a sweater and trousers and crept down the stairs in bare feet.

We crept down into the hall, through the kitchen and out by a small postern door.

I put my clothes on, and crept down the stairs.

Then she opened the bedroom door and crept down through the dark, silent house.

The stench, and the prospect of all those stairs to be crept down , made her faint.

downstairs

Their twelve-year-old son had crept downstairs and listened at the door.

Late in the night I got up and crept downstairs .

At half-past six and still dark they crept downstairs and out into the street.

He crept downstairs , hardly making any noise.

As I crept downstairs , I could hear Mr Rochester in his room, walking up and down and sighing.

As the afternoon drew to a close, Mildred crept downstairs and out into the darkening yard.

I creep downstairs and roam pointlessly around.

She crept downstairs , through the kitchen and out into the little back garden.

forward

Then the light had crept forward , down the rutted track that led to nowhere but their house.

Her hand rose to her mouth and she crept forward .

When they landed Paul crept forward to peer out into the grassland from behind a tree.

Iluminada has now crept forward to the edge of the circle to offer the matches to her mistress.

It dragged its feet and whimpered, it crept forward , it flinched.

Very slowly, and keeping down below the seals' horizon, I crept forward towards the sound of singing.

Masklin lowered himself carefully to the floor and crept forward .

in

The curtains were partly open, allowing the merest glimmer of moonlight to creep in .

Biases can creep in in extremely subtle ways, and researchers can, quite unconsciously, favour some groups and disfavour others.

Feelings were beginning to creep in , and that would be monumentally stupid, to actually begin to care for him.

By the following issue record reviews had crept in .

Even in so concise a document, ambiguity creeps in: everybody is to be allowed the right to self-defense.

It is good because it is written in friendly, ordinary language and where jargon creeps in, it is explained.

Neglect yourself and self-doubt begins to creep in and that swiftly turns to depression.

out

Izzie crept out last, and pinched dead the candle flame.

In the darkness Thisbe crept out and made her way in all secrecy to the tomb.

His face shadowed by the dim light, he crept out and slipped through a door behind the bridge.

What more would creep out of the woodwork to delay things further?

One wooden jetty crept out over the water on brittle insect legs.

The wart crept out between his parted lips.

They were too tired to notice as I crept out again.

We crept out of the bushes.

over

He could not resist a faint smile creeping over his face.

Then another feeling crept over me, a deep, almost atavistic longing.

Jon and I did not cheer, for a cold realisation was creeping over us.

Its price has been creeping over $ 10, but it remains a great value.

Dawn had begun to break, and daylight crept over the barren countryside.

Perhaps a few hours away from here would cure the feeling of claustrophobia that was beginning to creep over her.

She stayed in the chair as dusk crept over the garden below, too physically and mentally tired to move.

The water crept over the road.

round

The time had crept round to midday. 12 Kev had seemed moody all morning, so his workmates said afterwards.

At five o'clock, with daylight creeping round the curtains, she had got up and dressed.

Henry crept round to the back, through an alley.

When I couldn't stand it any longer I dashed across the road and crept round the back.

It crept round the corners of the buildings and hung in the doorways and fled in ragged wisps from the car headlights.

Ludovico's arm crept round her waist.

In the interests of discretion, he waited until nearly twelve-thirty before creeping round to the ladies' corridor.

As a kid I used to wonder how burglars could creep round your house at night without waking you.

slowly

He crept slowly towards the main corridors.

Gradually I descended the spruce tree and slowly crept toward the feeding birds.

If they creep slowly forward they will not hit the net with anything like the amount of impact required to entangle them.

It seemed to be slowly creeping into her groin and up ... up into her stomach.

We'd slowly creep up on them then shout abuse and kick sand all over them.

I envisaged a deadly tarantula creeping slowly into my bed, spreading its legs over me, about to bite!

Those are the moments when the cheetah can creep slowly forward.

up

Rung by rung, she crept up the ladder.

I stood, instead, to watch the sun creep up by the Connecticut Capitol.

At five o'clock she returned to the theatre and crept up the stairs to the dressing-room.

They must have been creeping up on us.

She crept up all over it.

It had been creeping up on me during the last couple of days.

But once she was alone with her knitting depression crept up on Leonora like an incoming tide.

I perch on one boulder and creep up another.

■ NOUN

bed

Often she crept out of her bed in the dead of night and sneaked into the new school hall to practise.

Finally, I threw back the quilt, put the package on the pillow, and crept into bed .

She crept back to bed and lay next to her husband, taking care to leave a space between their bodies.

The violent hammering continued and Jenna crept out of bed to look down into the dark courtyard.

I envisaged a deadly tarantula creeping slowly into my bed , spreading its legs over me, about to bite!

door

Pause for a second or two, then creep towards the door .

When the shouting subsided, I crept back to the door .

He crept to the door and opened it, blinking at the bright light.

In the right season there would be roses creeping up around the door .

Blowing out the candle, Tilly crept to the kitchen door and gingerly opened it.

I crept to the door and, with a sudden movement, opened it wide.

Slipping into her silk bathrobe, she crept to the door and listened.

Dunn crept to the door , shot Lessing, shot the operator, smashed the valves and called it a night.

face

He could not resist a faint smile creeping over his face .

As he reviewed the figures a slight smirk crept over his face .

Smith, in spite of himself, could feel a glow of pride creeping over his face .

The shadow of the earth is now creeping across the face .

Hannah nodded her head again, a faint smile creeping across her face .

A strange warmth crept up to his face .

house

Later, under cover of darkness, they crept into the house , where Charles hid for the night in the attic.

With the young animal wrapped in her cardigan, Jenny crept through the house and into the kitchen.

It makes it impossible for anyone to creep around your house without making a noise.

Or had he crept out of the house and left her shut in here?

Surely women know by now not to go creeping into scary houses by themselves after dark.

As a kid I used to wonder how burglars could creep round your house at night without waking you.

She crept out of her house , and made her way to the festa.

room

The damp was creeping into the living room .

After a moment, she crept out of her room and looked round the corner of the landing, down the stairs.

In the end I crept back up to my room .

In the night she crept up to Angel's room and pushed the letter under his door.

Then I crept out of the room .

She crept into Chrissy's room , shutting the door silently behind her.

As soon as it was light, I crept out of the room and went downstairs for a coffee at a nearby café.

I creep back to my room , leaving both our doors ajar.

stair

Jenna crept down the stairs , pulling her dressing-gown closely round her, stumbling across the room to the door.

I gave him another five, then crept up the stairs and peered into his room.

At five o'clock she returned to the theatre and crept up the stairs to the dressing-room.

I crept down the stairs , following the sound of voices.

I pulled on a sweater and trousers and crept down the stairs in bare feet.

I put my clothes on, and crept down the stairs .

But it wasn't duty that took her from her bed creeping down the stairs .

So she beckoned to Baptiste and he crept up the stairs after her, his shoes in his hand.

voice

A flat, tense quality crept into her voice .

The anguish crept into his voice .

■ VERB

allow

Surely she was still as determined as ever not to allow anyone to creep through her defences and make her care?

He was allowed to creep back into power for want of a credible alternative.

The tale took some ten minutes to tell, Sandison being careful to allow no inconsistencies to creep in.

He forced it close enough to the edge to allow the Toyota to creep past on the inside.

begin

Harriet Shakespeare and the policemen had begun to creep closer, ready to run as soon as the first shot was fired.

But the capital gains differential began creeping back in with tax changes promoted by both George Bush and Bill Clinton.

Neglect yourself and self-doubt begins to creep in and that swiftly turns to depression.

At 47, Diane Wasenius is not taking chances with her blood-sugar levels, which began creeping up over the past year.

And now, quite slowly, there began to creep over Matilda a most extraordinary and peculiar feeling.

So I begin creeping down the chute.

Drugs and alcohol began to creep in.

The vehicle began to creep cautiously down a ramp of hard-packed rock, into the interior of the crater.

feel

Alice felt a blush creeping over her body.

Then another feeling crept over me, a deep, almost atavistic longing.

Already he could feel depression and worry creeping over him like a periodic fever.

One of them was Moon-Watcher; once again he felt inquisitive tendrils creeping down the unused byways of his brain.

The muscles of his arms and chest were rippling as he moved and she felt a hot flush creeping over her body.

Just as he felt a certain warmth in his spirit, he felt the creeping cold in his feet.

I felt a terrible anxiety creeping over me.

I could feel soldiers creeping towards us.

seem

It passed this information on in a terrible hushed whine that seemed to creep in and fill the head.

They seem to creep up on us gradually for reasons that medical science is only now beginning to understand.

More worrying, the long-finned gene seems to be creeping into broods where it's not wanted.

It seemed to be slowly creeping into her groin and up ... up into her stomach.

Often ideas just seem to creep up on you.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

make sb's flesh creep/crawl

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Armed men in ski masks crept up on the van and raked it with gunfire.

As the sun began to set, long shadows seemed to creep out of the corners.

Clouds crept across the horizon, just above the line of trees.

No-one noticed that the little boy had crept into the room and was sitting there, listening.

Ron unlocked the back door and crept out into the yard.

She crept up behind him and put her hands over his eyes.

The unemployment rate crept up to 5.7% in May.

We crept down to the deserted library at the other end of the hall, so that we could talk.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

A sensible person respected the sleeping beast and crept away.

At five o'clock she returned to the theatre and crept up the stairs to the dressing-room.

But if you keep looking beyond the reflections you eventually notice the glow creeping into the sky.

Mooney glanced back as Al Bibeau crept up to him.

She crept into Chrissy's room, shutting the door silently behind her.

This relative of the dogwood family, whose trees are well known farther south, here creeps along just under the soil.

Trying to stay calm, he crept up on the statue.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

mission

It is a case of mission creep gone wildly over the top.

■ VERB

give

The prospect of being marooned on Gullholm for days with a Heathcliff bereft of his Cathy gave her the creeps .

It still gives me the creeps to think of it.

It gives me the creeps , that's all.

As much as he gave her the creeps , there was also this secret fascination.

Those two were going to give her the creeps if she really had to take them all the way to Titan.

It gave him the creeps to think of Omar sleeping in the same room where the Judge had died.

He seemed completely in his element, though all those monks flitting round the place rather gave me the creeps .

Northern Nevada gives me the creeps .

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Get out of here you little creep ! You make me sick!

He didn't say that, did he? What a creep !

She's such a creep at work.

Will's the class creep , and the teachers don't notice.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

As much as he gave her the creeps, there was also this secret fascination.

He seemed completely in his element, though all those monks flitting round the place rather gave me the creeps.

It gives me the creeps and I know it frightened the kiddies.

Little creeps, how heartened we were by our bold behavior.

Those two were going to give her the creeps if she really had to take them all the way to Titan.

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