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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

To make a poor stroke while rowing, perhaps by missing the water entirely. The boat jerked as I caught a crab with my oar.
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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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Skinner thinks maybe the shooter took aim at him not because he mistook the crabber for a cop, as is the running police theory, but to cause a ruckus.
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Even though there's a deal in place, Charleston crabber Jeff Reeves said he's frustrated by the season's late start.
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