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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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Like the Constitutional Convention, the First Congress moved crabwise on issues, visiting and then revisiting them in no particular order.
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We rocked back and forth and gunned the gas and urged the car forward and for no reason the car ceased its crabwise motion with a thump, its wheels gripping onto a wrinkle of the landscape and lurching those last ten feet out of the water, coming to rest on the side of the road.
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In The Point of Vanishing, posters are pasted on a wall, one after another, in a grid formation, portraying a boat sailing toward us and away again; the protagonist, in a yellow slicker--now prone, now crouched, now backing up crabwise on hands and feet--seems to shoot rays from his eyes that trap the boats in his line of sight (an effect achieved with goggles and elastic string).
Everyone in the family believes that Liz inherited this from me, the anxious gene making its way crabwise from aunt to niece.
72: crabwise, into the grave: Hamlet had his own view of it- William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1599), the graveyard scene, act 5, scene 1.
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