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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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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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You can head out from here on a recreational crabbing trip aboard the Rumblefish (run by Noyo Fishing Center in Fort Bragg; trips from $50, plus $12 fishing license; www.
They also eat live food) Ask if your students have ever gone crabbing.
People are noticing tremendous declines in areas where commercial crabbing can go on in shallow waters," he says.
Those were the halcyon years when fishermen would buy $1 million crabbing boats and pay them off in one season.
In talking to these guys, I learned that Mike got started stone crabbing three years ago when his wife Sue came home from participating in a Coastal Cleanup project on neighboring Shell Island, where she found three stone crab traps that had washed up on the beach.
Crabbing is permitted year-round, no license is required, and bayside tackle shops supply the necessary equipment and bait.
It will reopen if ocean crabbing starts before the end of December, but bays will close for the season as usual on Dec.
Normally, bay crabbing picks up in September and October, Thissell said.
Quite a few of these coastal communities that rely on crabbing didn't have much of a Christmas," Pazar said.
For the same low, clear conditions that hampered fall chinook fishing produced unusually bountiful bay crabbing during November and early December.
He said crabbing with a Crabhawk is a lot like "plunking" for trout.
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.