One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An earthworm that comes to the surface at night and is used as fishing bait.
- ‘The night before, he'd worked the counter, ringing up minnows, night crawlers, and bobbers, just like always.’
- ‘If you were to grasp one in your hand, it would squirm like a healthy night crawler trying to escape the hook.’
- ‘Quickly Megan did the best she could to mash up the night crawler and get the birds to beg for it.’
- ‘Red wiggler worms are the most common vermicompost worm, not the large night crawlers often used as fishing bait.’
- ‘He has been somewhere in Northern Montana digging for night crawlers in the past few months.’
2informal A person who is socially active at night.‘the bar and nightclub are hot items with chic night crawlers’
- ‘Opt for a dressy frock with a sense of occasion, but avoid anything that looks too clubby (they will think you are a sleazy night crawler).’
- ‘There are plenty of other things to do in Thailand for those not interested a 24-hour binge in South Pattaya and perhaps there should be some adjustment in laws which will accommodate our night crawlers.’
- ‘As in the U.S., other hotels have spiced up their bar setting to keep the night crawlers in the house.’
- ‘The buildings would always hold an admirable brawniness; thick and dark while the night crawlers of all types were sucking down on bottles of booze, rioting in the shadows, or hell, just trying to have a good time.’
- ‘Others, sensing a change in London night crawlers, did the same.’
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