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craw·fish

 (krô′fĭsh′)
n. Chiefly Southern & Midland US
Variant of crayfish.
intr.v. craw·fished, craw·fish·ing, craw·fish·es Informal
To withdraw from an undertaking.

crawfish

(ˈkrɔːˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) a variant (esp US) of crayfish2

craw•fish

(ˈkrɔˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es, n. v.i.
2. Informal. to back out of a commitment or retreat from a position.
[1615–25; earlier crafish, cravish, cravis < Middle French crevice crayfish]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crawfish - tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled brieflycrawfish - tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly
Old World crayfish, ecrevisse - small crayfish of Europe and Asia and western North America
American crayfish - common large crayfishes of eastern North America
shellfish - meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)
2.crawfish - small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobstercrawfish - small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
decapod, decapod crustacean - crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax
Old World crayfish, ecrevisse - small crayfish of Europe and Asia and western North America
American crayfish - common large crayfishes of eastern North America
3.crawfish - large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsterscrawfish - large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters
lobster - any of several edible marine crustaceans of the families Homaridae and Nephropsidae and Palinuridae
genus Palinurus, Palinurus - type genus of the family Palinuridae
crayfish, langouste, rock lobster, spiny lobster - warm-water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California
Verb1.crawfish - make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity; "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"; "He backed out of his earlier promise"; "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"
draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retreat, withdraw, retire - pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"
Translations

crawfish

[ˈkrɔːfɪʃ] n (US) (= crayfish) → écrevisse f
References in classic literature ?
I crawfished as fast as I could about two yards, but the boat slanted so that I couldn't make very good time; so to keep from getting run over and catched I crawled into a stateroom on the upper side.
For 11 long years, Saddam has side-stepped, crawfished, wheedled out of any agreements he had made not to develop weapons of mass destruction.