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grovel (about) in something

to wallow around in the dirt, etc., while prostrating oneself. The poor fellow groveled about in the mud, trying to keep from being beaten. Why are you there, groveling in the dust?
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grovel before someone or something

to prostrate oneself before someone or something. The prisoner groveled before his accusers. The peasant groveled before the lord of the manor.
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grovel to someone

to kneel in deference to someone; to kowtow to someone. You don't have to grovel to me! I refuse to grovel to anyone.
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in. to fondle or pet. They spent the whole time in the backseat groveling.
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During a comedy awards ceremony in 1994 he described Prince Charles as a "little grovelling bastard".
Never forget that it's remarkably easy to tell when someone is grovelling, and it's never attractive.
She has since had to make a grovelling apology, pay out a total of pounds 30,000 and she's embarrassed her Prime Minister.
A HOLLYWOOD film-maker has made a grovelling apology to a Scots film distributor he attacked at a glitzy dinner.
But the grovelling apology, after two years, may only have bought him time as TDs demanded his head in two savage Dail maulings.
And Gretna's administrators have gone grovelling to the SPL for a pounds 100,000 crisis loan to see them through.
A HOLLYWOOD movie-maker has made a grovelling apology to a Scots businessman after attacking him at a dinner.
I can foresee the company grovelling again - "Please come back to BT".
And Greig - on his hands and knees in front of joyous West Indian fans at the Oval - was the one grovelling.
The king of rudeness offered a grovelling apology to 54-year-old Walsh - whom he sacked from X Factor inMarch.
ASHLEY COLE should not face a ban from playing for England merely because he called the FA a "bunch of t**ts", particularly now that he has charmed David Bernstein by looking him in the eye while offering him a grovelling apology.
AS another Englishman living in Scotland I wish to offer a grovelling apology to the wonderful people of Scotland for the insults levelled at you by J.
FORMER Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi was forced to make a grovelling public apology yesterday to his furious wife.
TOYOTA'S chief will today make a grovelling apology to the thousands of Americans whose cars have been recalled over safety fears.
They came as Cameron issued a grovelling apology for the harm done to Scotland in 18 years of Tory rule.