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1. Sideways.
2. In a furtive or circumspect manner; indirectly.


adj, adv
(of motion) sideways; like a crab



ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.crabwise - (of movement) at an angle
oblique - slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled; "the oblique rays of the winter sun"; "acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles"; "the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base"


A. ADJ [movement] → como de cangrejo, lateral
B. ADV [move] → como cangrejo, lateralmente
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