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creep into

To enter some place stealthily. I'll watch the door while you creep into the lab and steal the poison. That possum must have crept into the basement while the door was open.
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creep across (something)

To move slowly, and often stealthily, across a particular area or surface. The robber crept across the lawn and then opened a window to get into the house. When I saw the bee creeping across the windowsill, I bolted out of the room. The sunlight crept across my face and woke me up.
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creep along (something)

To move slowly, and often stealthily, across a particular area or surface. The robber crept along the walkway and then opened a window to get into the house. When I saw the bee creeping along the windowsill, I bolted out of the room.
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creep away

To move slowly, and often stealthily, away from someone or something. I froze when I saw the bee on the windowsill, but luckily, it crept away. I crept away after stealing the cookies off the counter.
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creep by

To move slowly, as of time. Time feels like it's just creeping by in that class because it's so boring.
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creep in

To enter some thing or place slowly and/or stealthily. I may have allowed my personal feelings to creep in when I gave that job to my brother. Luckily, mom didn't hear us last night when we crept in after curfew.
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creep out

1. To exit slowly and often stealthily. The cat crept out from under the bush to see if the dog was gone.
2. slang To make someone feel uneasy. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is commonly used between "creep" and "out." I'm OK with most bugs, but centipedes just creep me out, man. That guy in the corner was really creeping us out, so we decided to leave.
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creep over (someone or something)

To move slowly, and often stealthily, across a particular area or surface. The sunlight crept over my face and woke me up. When I saw the bee creeping over my textbook, I leapt from my seat.
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creep under (something)

To move slowly, and often stealthily, under something. The cat crept under the bush and stayed there until the dog was gone.
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creep up

1. To approach someone or something slowly and often stealthily. I crept up behind my brother and startled him.
2. To encroach (upon one or something) gradually over time. It wasn't until I sat down that I realized how much exhaustion had crept up on me. The weeds have been really creeping up on the edge of the yard over the last few years.
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creep away

to travel away slowly and carefully; to sneak away. The boys were completely ashamed and crept away. The cat crept away quietly.
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creep by

Fig. [for time] to pass slowly. The minutes crept by as I awaited Mrs. Barron's telephone call. I know the days will creep by until we finally get our test results.
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creep in (to something)

to go into something or a place slowly and carefully; to sneak into something or a place. The cat crept into the bedroom. Max planned to creep into the house and take cash and jewelry.
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creep out

(from under someone or something) Go to out (from under someone or something).
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creep out (of something)

to go out of something or a place slowly and carefully; to sneak out of something or a place. A little mouse crept out of the cupboard. The fox crept out of the henhouse, carrying a chicken.
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creep up

[for darkness] to move gradually and slowly [toward someone or something]. Dusk crept up and swallowed us in darkness.
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References in classic literature ?
Then with the balance of his horde he crept alone in the darkness until opposite Bududreen and the watchers about the chest.
Away from the bright firelight out into the lonely dark he crept with bent head and lagging steps.
One night Caedmon crept away as usual, and went "out of the house where the entertainment was, to the stable, where he had to take care of the horses that night.
This that she saw nightly was an older mother, broken with insomnia and brave with sorrow, who crept, always crept, a pale, frail creature, gentle and unfaltering, dying from lack of sleep, living by will, and by will refraining from going mad, who, nevertheless, could not will sleep, and whom not even the whole tribe of doctors could make sleep.
Police believe the sneak thieves crept into two houses while the owners were inside, and took their car keys before stealing the expensive motors from outside.
The man, crept into the living quarters above the pub and took a mobile phone.
Police believe he crept inside and searched upstairs bedrooms and cupboards after the woman forgot to lock the back door after going back inside.
About 1,200 residents of Piru faced a voluntary evacuation Saturday, and the blaze crept within 30 feet of several homes in the community.
But then, the dynamic changed and a subversive element crept in.
The drops would have crept at a glacial pace as they did in the experiments 8 years ago, he explains.
The fire crept to the north, west and south Tuesday, producing plumes of thick white smoke and raining ash over the foothills and as far west as Pasadena's Linda Vista hills and into Monrovia to the east.
28 Nature, the authors provide evidence that Kimberella had a strong, limpetlike shell, crept along the seafloor, and resembled a mollusk--the phylum that includes snails, clams, and squids.
While much of the focus has been placed on Hart and Canyon in the battle for the Foothill League girls' title, Saugus has quietly crept into the picture.