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1. Sideways.
2. In a furtive or circumspect manner; indirectly.
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adj, adv
(of motion) sideways; like a crab
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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"
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A. ADJ [movement] → como de cangrejo, lateral
B. ADV [move] → como cangrejo, lateralmente
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There will be more meetings, probably including a Kim visit to the White House, and the two countries will move, slowly and crabwise, towards the mutual deterrence that will define their future relationship.
There will be more meetings, probably including a Kim visit to the White House, and the two countries will move, slowly and crabwise, toward the mutual deterrence that will define their future relationship.
Some canons apply to numerous works--not only the familiar "Cancrizat" (He goes crabwise), indicating retrograde motion, but also more semantically rich aphorisms, such as "Clama, ne cesses" (Cry, cease not), quoting Isaiah 58:1, or the medical adage, "Contraria contrarijs curantur" (Everything is cured by its contrary').
Like the Constitutional Convention, the First Congress moved crabwise on issues, visiting and then revisiting them in no particular order.
By comparison, he was more resolutely drawn to life in England, which began as a fellowship year at Oxford, 1914-1915, by which point he'd already written his first major poem, the brilliantly affecting crabwise romantic monologue "The Love Song of J.
Despite strong resistance even the French socialist government is moving crabwise towards a less generous pension system.
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.
I especially like how one girl exemplifies our crabwise scuttle towards the primal: "I'm simply saying that if Tad Gunnick [the camp stud] took me on a nature stroll, and told me that, frankly, clothes have always been a pet peeve of his, I'd do what I could not to bother him."
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.
also id (describing the "scuttling crabwise movement of copyright