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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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It's why we've got a "Royal" family - no more extraordinary than most people's families - to whom we donate lots of big houses manned by grovelling flunkies, as well as paying, out of our hard-won salaries, for the privilege of being reduced to a nation of creeping toadies.
Grovelling James replied: "Your boy is the best and I'm so sorry for that impression.
To see BBC Wales grovelling to someone who wants to deprive poor working class people in the US of similar basic decency is disgusting.
TAX supremo Dave Hartnett last night issued a grovelling apology for a blunder that left more than a million Brits facing huge bills.
Despite issuing a grovelling apology and receiving backing from Gordon Brown, the peer, pictured, risked inflaming the row by comparing her mistake to forgetting to pay the congestion charge in London.
POP star Sophie Ellis-Bextor has issued a grovelling apology to hundreds of fans in Coventry - after cancelling a gig in the city for the second time in four months.
Fearing expulsion from the 2008 championship, which would have left Hamilton sitting on the sidelines for a year, McLaren F1 CEO Martin Whitmarsh wrote a grovelling letter to the FIA and WMSC.
Let him come back and see how much grovelling we can get out of him.
The Hollywood star, who issued a grovelling apology to the Jewish community in the summer after unleashing an anti-Semitic rant when he was arrested for drink-driving, said the way he had been treated since was "out of proportion".
Is it a society where parents instill ethical behaviour in their children or leave it to the grovelling media, and their descent to the lowest common denominator to do the job?
I would settle for the immediate recall and destruction of all material wrongly stating that the Baggies are from the Second City, the dismissal of Mr Manson and a grovelling apology from Birmingham Marketing to the Albion, the club's supporters and the good citizens of West Bromwich and Warley.
When Reddy talks of the role of gender in history, or when he finds in the rhetoric of grovelling French bureaucrats a hundred years dead a demand for rights and entitlements, it is the language of late twentieth-century America, and especially academic America, that is speaking, not that of Louis-Philippe's kingdom.
After Mr Cameron ordered the ex-banker to make a grovelling apology but kept him in his job, Labour leader Miliband said: "If David Cameron had the judgement, if he had the right strength, he would get rid of Lord Freud.
But she quickly made a grovelling apology after friends convinced her she was making a fool of herself.
Is there no end to British grovelling to the House of Windsor?