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scuttle across something

to hurry across something. (Said especially of a small animal.) A tiny mouse scuttled across the kitchen floor and startled me. A rabbit scuttled across my path.
See also: across, scuttle

scuttle away

[for a small animal] to run away. The otters scuttled away as we approached. A skunk scuttled away quickly—thank heavens.
See also: away, scuttle
References in classic literature ?
Then ghosts began to walk, and the mice scuttled back to their holes in alarm, for white figures glided from room to room, till all were assembled in the little chamber.
cried several voices, and we scuttled into bed as rapidly and noiselessly as possible, with our mouths and hands full.
The approach would have been a fine success if, just as Rose was about to pull up and salute, two or three distracted hens had not scuttled across the road with a great squawking, which caused Barkis to shy and stop so suddenly that his careless rider landed in an ignominious heap just under old Sorrel's astonished nose.
Something in the appearance of the place made me shudder, a performance that may have been assisted by a rill of rain-water down my back as I scuttled to cover in the doorway.
Once it was a wild sow which scuttled out of the bracken, with two young sounders at her heels, and once a lordly red staggard walked daintily out from among the tree trunks, and looked around him with the fearless gaze of one who lived under the King's own high protection.
Father--father--sometimes I've wondered if you were ever coming back to me," I heard the Story Girl say, as I turned and scuttled up the Walk, realizing that I was not wanted there just then and would be little missed.
I shall come to the conclusion soon that they have scuttled the craft.
When we got the organ up at the Glen church old Elder Richards bounced up from his seat the minute the organist began to play and scuttled down the aisle and out of the church at the rate of no-man's-business.
However, I didn't give myself time to think and scuttled across the space at the foot of the stairs into the passage where I'd been told to try.
His ship has just been scuttled, and he's too good a judge of the value of money to let drown.
In a minute, however, a study door opened, and a sixth-form boy came out, and off they all scuttled up the stairs, and then noiselessly dispersed to their different rooms.
Then, the Sacristan locks the iron-barred gates that divide the sanctuary from the chancel, and all of the procession having scuttled into their places, hide their faces; and then the intoned words, 'WHEN THE WICKED MAN--' rise among groins of arches and beams of roof, awakening muttered thunder.
While the government has accused the Congress of blocking official business and thereby the nation's progress, in truth it's the same policy that the now ruling BJP adopted when it scuttled the winter session of the Parliament in 2011, when then prime minister Manmohan Singh had 32 bills lined up for debate and voting.
Where in the Orkneys was the German fleet scuttled in 1919?
The Ministry of Agriculture and the municipality of Ayia Napa have scuttled a navy vessel which will be used to enrich the seabed near the popular holiday resort and create an artificial reef for divers in the Pernera area, the fifth such venture along the Cyprus coast.