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creep up on

Definition of creep up on

informal

  1. :  to slowly and quietly move closer to (someone) without being noticed <We tried to creep up on them but they heard our footsteps.> —often used figuratively <Old age creeps up on us.> <The deadline had crept up on them.>



Word by Word Definitions

creepplay
  1. :  to move along with the body prone and close to the ground

    :  to move slowly on hands and knees

    :  to go very slowly

  1. :  a movement of or like creeping

    :  a distressing sensation like that caused by the creeping of insects over one's flesh

    :  a feed trough accessible only by young animals and used especially to supply special or supplementary feed —called also creep feeder

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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