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crab mentality

A negative, selfish mentality characterized by a preference for others not to get ahead of or do better than oneself. It alludes to a phenomenon of a group of crabs in a pot, in which an escaping crab is pulled back down by the others so that none escape in the end. She dreamt of going to college and beginning a better life, but her parents' and friends' crab mentality constantly discouraged her from leaving the sordid life in which they were entrenched.
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catch a crab

(in rowing) effect a faulty stroke in which the oar is jammed under water or misses the water altogether.
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crab

n. a louse. (Usually plural.) He’s scratching like he’s got crabs.

catch a crab

To make a faulty stroke in rowing that causes the blade of the oar to strike the water on the recovery stroke.
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Crab feed, wine and beer tasting, cooking classes, crabbing trips, and a crab cake contest.
I once went seven days without taking off my rain gear,'' said Scott Zaffarano, now a pollack fisherman who gave up crabbing at 26 when, he said, he grew too old for it.
I asked Mike what he's learned over his last three crabbing seasons.
Commercial crabber and Seminole resident Doug Johnston has been crabbing for 32 years in the St.
Now is the best time of year for crabbing in Oregon.
The best time of day to go crabbing is when the crab are able to move about freely, from an hour before slack tide to an hour after the tide changes.
This last weekend, there were probably 100 people crabbing off the docks every day," the marina manager said.
The crabbing pressure off the docks got so heavy that the catch rate dropped there, she said, "but the boaters have continued to get limits .
This year, however, the rains were late in arriving and crabbing was actually better in November than it was during August and September, said Roelle, a Winchester Bay cafe owner and fishing guide who monitors the local crab fishery as closely as anyone.
This summer was terrible crabbing in the bay, just terrible," Roelle said.
In addition to making crabbing a more active pastime, the Crabhawk opens new waters to shore-based crabbers.
NEWPORT - A price dispute with a major Oregon buyer of Dungeness crab has stunted the profitable crabbing season, in the latest blow to the state's struggling commercial fishing industry.
Kaiser has been working with a crabbing industry group on a proposal to limit the number of pots each boat is allowed to fish.