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crouch around

[for people or other creatures] to stoop or squat within an area. Everyone crouched around, hoping the bomb would fall somewhere else. The baboons i crouched around, grooming one another.
See also: around, crouch

crouch down

to stoop or huddle down. Crouch down here, next to me. Suddenly, Tex crouched down and reached for his pistol.
See also: crouch, down
References in classic literature ?
I crouched at the foot of the staircase with my back to the wall, shivering violently.
They shrank back and crouched as if compelled to await a flood.
At last I gave up facing the wind and rain, and crouched down by his side.
The wolf crouched, gnashed her teeth, and again rose and bounded forward, followed at the distance of a couple of feet by all the borzois, who did not get any closer to her.
Their arm-chairs were drawn up on either side of the fire, and each sat in the same slightly crouched position, looking into the coals, with the expressions of people who have had their share of experiences and wait, rather passively, for something to happen.
For some time the lion paced, growling and moaning, beneath the tree in which Jane Clayton crouched, panting and trembling.
The lion was quite close to him now--but a few paces intervened--he crouched, and then, with a deafening roar, he sprang.
I no longer cared to play, but crouched trembling close to my limb.
What captured and perceptibly held his eye for a moment was a Crouched Venus that stood on a Steinway upright against a background of mountain-lion skin on the wall.
Under that colossal threatened impact he crouched down to the deck.
Instantly the head portrayed that the cat had stiffened, crouched, and frozen.
Inside this circle he crouched, his sleeping outfit under him as a protection against the melting snow.