creep up on

phrasal verb
crept up on; creeping up on; creeps up on

Definition of creep up on

informal
: 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 figurativelyOld age creeps up on us.The deadline had crept up on them.

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“Creep up on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creep%20up%20on. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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