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crab mentality

A negative, selfish mentality characterized by a preference for others not to get ahead of or do better than oneself. It alludes to a phenomenon of a group of crabs in a pot, in which an escaping crab is pulled back down by the others so that none escape in the end. She dreamt of going to college and beginning a better life, but her parents' and friends' crab mentality constantly discouraged her from leaving the sordid life in which they were entrenched.
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catch a crab

(in rowing) effect a faulty stroke in which the oar is jammed under water or misses the water altogether.
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crab

n. a louse. (Usually plural.) He’s scratching like he’s got crabs.

catch a crab

To make a faulty stroke in rowing that causes the blade of the oar to strike the water on the recovery stroke.
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Commercial crabbers have plenty to crab about, and many of those concerns are posed on the Blue Crab Discussion and Forum, a website devoted to discussion.
The horror stories that crabbers tell are laced with ice, with freezing spray that can coat everything on the boat and turn a stack of crab pots into a slippery monolith whose added weight throws off the boat's stability and can cause her to flip.
Octopus are the bane of stone crabbers," Moore says.
Commercial crabber and Seminole resident Doug Johnston has been crabbing for 32 years in the St.
Buyers and crabbers negotiate the opening price at state-sponsored talks each year, a process that most hail as a good thing, allowing for a safe and orderly start to the season.
In October, the crabbers put their pots out," says Kowalyk.
CHARLESTON - Oregon crabbers have struck what some members of the fleet characterize as a reluctant deal with processors, according to the state Department of Agriculture, that could mean up to a two-week delay of a season that was supposed to have started Wednesday.
I hope everybody uses good sense," said Al Pazar, a Florence crabber and member of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission.
This month, as cooler water temperatures force commercial stone crabbers to place their traps closer to shore, these traps become an artificial habitat for migrating tripletail.
The amount that's available looks like it's going to be something that's going to protect people adequately from the future risks of this oil spill," said Wiygul, an environmental attorney who represents a wide range of clients from shrimpers and crabbers to other business owners.
More than 50 teams of three competed in the day for the coveted Crabbers Cup trophy.
and Glenda Horst, the daughter of a commercial fisherman, describe crabbing, the work of crabbers, and provide crab recipes.
BP said Wednesday that it has already paid $256 million in claims and will continue to make advance payments to fishermen, crabbers, shrimpers and others who have lost income.