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adj. crawl·i·er, crawl·i·est Informal
1. Creepy.
2. Feeling as if covered with moving things.
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adj, crawlier or crawliest
informal feeling or causing a sensation like creatures crawling on one's skin
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(ˈkrɔ li)

adj. crawl•i•er, crawl•i•est.
crawling, as worms or insects, and imparting a queasy feeling; creepy.
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Informal. Experiencing a repugnant tingling sensation:
Informal: creepy.
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We talked the murder and the ghost over and over again, and got so creepy and crawly we couldn't get sleepy nohow and noway.
I have a queer, creepy, crawly feeling -- you can call it a presentiment, if you like -- that `Patty's Place' and I are going to be better acquainted yet."
I don't know whether I passed in it or not and I have a creepy, crawly presentiment that I didn't.
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A scow or a raft went by so close we could hear them talking and cussing and laughing -- heard them plain; but we couldn't see no sign of them; it made you feel crawly; it was like spirits carrying on that way in the air.
Harvey, jammed among the fishermen, felt a creepy, crawly, tingling thrill that began in the back of his neck and ended at his boots.
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He added: "Hate spiders." Pictures of the giant creepy crawly were also shared online, with one person writing: "Hope this lad isn't still running round Cootehill Peter."
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