One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they crawled from under the table’
creep, go on all fours, move on hands and knees, inch, drag oneself along, pull oneself along, drag, trail, slither, slink, squirm, wriggle, writhe, scrabble, worm one's way, advance slowly, advance stealthily, sneak
2‘let's stop trying to get women to support us by crawling to them’
grovel to, be obsequious towards, ingratiate oneself with, be servile towards, be sycophantic towards, kowtow to, pander to, abase oneself to, demean oneself to, bow and scrape to, prostrate oneself before, toady to, truckle to, dance attendance on, fawn on, fawn over, curry favour with, cultivate, seek the favour of, try to win over, try to get on the good side of, make up to, play up to
suck up to, lick someone's boots, creep to, be all over, fall all over, rub up the right way, keep someone sweet, sweet-talk, soft-soap, brown-nose, butter up, twist someone's arm
vulgar slang kiss someone's arse, lick someone's arse
3‘the place was crawling with soldiers’
be full of, overflow with, teem with, abound in, abound with, be packed with, be crowded with, be thronged with, be jammed with, be alive with, be overrun with, swarm with, be bristling with, be infested with, be thick with
informal be lousy with, be stuffed with, be jam-packed with, be chock-a-block with, be chock-full of
rare pullulate with
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