crabwise crabwise

Definition(s):

  • (adj) (of movement) at an angle

Usage(s):

  1. When the tiny old man walked onstage, moving crabwise around the pianos, the members of the audience at Manhattan's Town Hall rose in a spontaneous ovation.
  2. Many a paragraph in it clawed crabwise before the winds of political expediency.
  3. Not in a neat, eager, clattering rush as people have sometimes imagined, but wretchedly, one by one, crabwise the crouching men disembark, hip-deep, and begin to wade ashore.
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