creepy-crawly


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creep·y-crawl·y

 (krē′pē-krô′lē)
n. Informal
1. One, such as a spider, insect, or worm, that crawls.
2. creepy-crawlies A sensation of fear, repugnance, or nervous agitation.
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creepy-crawly

n, pl -crawlies
(Animals) a small crawling creature
adj
feeling or causing a sensation as of creatures crawling on one's skin
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creep′y-crawl′y



n., pl. -crawl•ies,
adj. Informal. n.
1. a creeping insect.
adj.
[1855–60]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.creepy-crawly - an animal that creeps or crawls (such as worms or spiders or insects)
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
Adj.1.creepy-crawly - causing a sensation as of things crawling on your skin; "a creepy story"; "I had a creepy-crawly feeling"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
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Translations

creepy-crawly

[ˈkriːpɪˈkrɔːlɪ] N (Brit) → bicho m
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creepy-crawly

(inf)
adj insectkrabbelig (inf), → kribbelnd, krabbelnd; feelingunheimlich
nKrabbeltier nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

creepy-crawly

[ˈkriːpɪˌkrɔːlɪ] n (fam) → bestiolina, insetto
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creep2

(kriːp) noun
(slang) a disgusting person. Leave her alone, you creep.
ˈcreeper noun
a creeping plant.
ˈcreepy adjective
causing feelings of fear etc. The house is rather creepy at night.
ˈcreepily adverb
ˈcreepiness noun
ˌcreepy-ˈcrawlyplural ˌcreepy-ˈcrawlies noun
a small creeping insect.
creep up on
to approach slowly and stealthily. Old age creeps up on us all.
make someone's flesh creep
to scare or horrify someone.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Creepy-crawly enthusiasts will be happy to know there will be plenty more opportunities to uncover the beasties living at Crathes on Saturday July 20 where the rangers will be celebrating Big Bug Day.
The doctor, named only as Dr Tuan, can then be seen removing the the creepy-crawly with and presenting it to the camera.
Who better to send to the creepy-crawly, spider-infested jungle than a squeamish arachnophobic?
> The giant spider sculpture in North Shields THIS giant creepy-crawly has been turning heads in North Shields.
A creepy-crawly crook snuck into a car to steal a preserved cockroach.
Trout look upon it as a creepy-crawly moving round the bottom or a small fry.
The fossilized remains of a roughly 520-million-year-old creepy-crawly provide an exquisite portrait of an ancient arthropod's nervous system.
Another creepy-crawly threatening to devastate the autumn countryside is a moth that is damaging conkers.
Still, Raul Esparza's creepy-crawly technique is outstanding in the role of the dastardly lachimo, who makes a wager with the gullible Posthumus that he can seduce the virtuous Imogen, and the tension of this triangular drama helps keep the play grounded in some kind of reality zone, despite the inconsistent sets and costumes.
The creepy-crawly, 1,522 times its normal size, is made from Nesquik and Shreddies cereal and was in the city to promote healthy eating.
Sam Shuttleworth, 19, and Finlay Milner, 19, are adding creepy-crawly delights into their every day diet to help protect the environment.
The 22-year-old was so focused as he took the kick he seemed oblivious to the pitch-invading creepy-crawly.