creep out

phrasal verb

creeped out; creeping out; creeps out
US, informal
: to cause (someone) to have an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or fear : to give (someone) the creeps
That guy really creeps me out.
I felt creeped out being alone in the office at night.

Examples of creep out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although this isn’t true for every visitor, a few days by the sea aren’t my only chance to creep out of the closet. June Thomas, TIME, 31 May 2024 Admittedly, at the time the country was reeling from the record-high inflation of the summer of 2022 and the economy was only tentatively creeping out of its post-pandemic slump. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 30 May 2024 To restore the flower beds, which over time had crept out of their places, the society followed the original quadrant layout created by the Kansas City firm of Hare & Hare. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 By the time a final showdown snaps your suspension of disbelief and suggests there are bigger hornet’s nests to kick, The Beekeeper has crept out of the realm of pulpy B-movie thrills and falls just short of being a Bee movie dabbling in deep-state paranoia-mongering. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 11 Jan. 2024 The small boy creeping out at night to retrieve a sweet from the floor of a tractor would fade. Mary Costello, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 No wonder she’s creeped out when Saul follows her home from the reunion. Peter Debruge, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023 As a kid, I was creeped out by Charlie, the tuna in the StarKist ads, eager to volunteer to be killed for sandwich filling. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2023 Alligators are advancing onto the golf course and creeping out of the pond. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 6 July 2023

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“Creep out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creep%20out. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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