crawling with

crawling with someone

Fig. [of a surface] covered with many people or members of a class of people moving about. The place was crawling with police and FBI agents. The city was crawling with tourists making it almost impossible to go from place to place.
See also: crawl

crawling with something

full of something Because the Internet is crawling with sports fans, the league thinks it can build an international audience online.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of crawl with something (to be covered by insects or other small creatures)
See also: crawl
References in classic literature ?
The red eastern sky, the northward blackness, the salt Dead Sea, the stony beach crawling with these foul, slow-stirring monsters, the uniform poisonous-looking green of the lichenous plants, the thin air that hurts one's lungs: all contributed to an appalling effect.
TWO families were shocked to discover that packets of raisins they'd given to their children were crawling with MAGGOTS.