1. (US) to leave quietly, stealthily.
|Owen Wister Out West (1958) 35: The would-be squatters have crawled.diary 18 July in Wister|
2. (US) to mount a horse; thus crawl off v., to dismount.
|DA].in Harper’s Mag. Dec. 75/1: Anything and everything is his work, from the negotiation for the sale of five thousand head of cattle to the ‘busting’ of a bronco, which no one else can ‘crawl’ [|
|Cowboy Lingo 18: No rider ever approached a rancher’s dwelling [...] without receiving such invitations as, ‘Light an’ line yo’ flue with chuck,’ ‘Crawl off an’ feed yo’ tapeworm’.|
|Great Bend Trib. (KS) 2 July 3/1: If you’ve ever been told to ‘crawl off and feed yo’ tape-worm’ you know what it’s like to visit an old-time western ranch.|
3. to assault.
|Sandburrs 20: A gent don’t have to have no reason for crawling you.‘Jess’ in|
|DN III 76: Crawl, [...] to whip. [...] The professor crawled him for cutting recitations.|
|Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 126: He kick’d me one day, and I crawls ’im.|
|Right Stuff 65: Don’t cross that line or I’ll crawl you.|
4. to spend a night moving from one nightclub, bar or public house to the next, thus crawling n. [abbr. SE pub-crawl].
|[||Naval Occasions 144: And I’ve heard her talking like a Mother to a rorty Midshipman – a silly young ass who was drinking like a fish and wasting his money and health pub-crawling].‘Farewell and Adieu!’ in|
|Swinging Syllables n.p.: Crawling – Nightclubbing, moving from hole to hole.|
|Urban Grimshaw 215: We normally started local, crawled our way into town, then went with the flow.|
5. (US, also do the crawl) to have sexual intercourse.
|Scarlet Pansy 341: Whoops, Whoops! Whoops, my dear! / Can you tell me if she’s queer? / Would she learn to do the crawl? / Would she go to balls and all? / Would she dance the can-can-can / For her great big strong he-man?|
|Seraph on the Suwanee (1995) 899: Why didn’t you pray last night while you were crawling that barrel of whores?|
|Corner Boy 192: You ain’t never gave no dark-skinned boy a tumble, got to be real light to crawl up on you.|
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(US campus) to reprimand, to criticize.
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 16: crawl one’s collar Upbraid, scold.|
|(con. 1914) Soldier Bill 17: The next day he was rather dopey at drilling and the sergeant crawled all over him.|
(US) to give someone a beating or thrashing.
|Capricornian (Rockhampton) 6 Feb. 30: Strike me bandy [...] I’ll crawl up your neck when the race is over.|
|DN III 79: He crawled his frame.|
|Clear the Decks! 100: Old Man will crawl your frame if he sees so much as a sailor cross it.|
|Sel. Letters (1988) 317: I’ll bet you’ll have a large section of infuriated fairies crawling your frame for that one.letter 15 Sept. in Bogard & Bryer|
|Iceman Cometh Act III: And every time dey’d crawl my frame wid de same old argument.|
|in PADS (No. 14) 78: Crawl your frame. To give one a beating or a thrashing.|
see under hump n.1
SE in slang uses
see under snake n.1
see separate entries.
to run up credit at a public house (cf. walk up (against) the wall under walk v.).
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what’s the matter?
|Townsville Daily Bull. (Qld) 10 Aug. 16/2: ‘What’s crawlin’ on yer?’ says I.|
|Jimmy Brockett 197: What’s crawling on you, brother?|
|(con. 1940s) Last Blue Sea 55: ‘What’s crawling on you?’ [...] ‘It’s me that’s stuck with him.’.|
|Holy Smoke 31: And what the blazes is crawlin’ on you?|