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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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Before he went he said to his wife, 'Now mind you do not say when you see me that I am the Crab. For if you do this evil will come of it.
The Crab then gave his wife the same directions as before, only this time the apple which she received from the black man was of gold.
The Princess in her fright exclaimed, 'That is the Crab himself!'
Do, you ignoramus!" shouted the crab, as loudly as his little voice would carry.
Then the zebra trotted back to the forest, bearing the crab with him, and disappeared amid the gloom of the trees.
During the 20-minute documentary, the audience can see breathtaking landscapes and colorful ecosystems in the coastal area of Kenting, which is an important habitat and spawning ground for the land crabs.
Researchers compared the colour patterns of common shore crabs and rock pools crabs.
Current knowledge of the primary freshwater crabs includes taxonomic, systematic, zoogeographic, phylogenetic, and conservation studies (Yeo et al., 2008; Cumberlidge & Ng, 2009; Cumberlidge et al, 2009, 2014; Daniels et al, 2015; Poettinger et al, 2016), but there have been relatively few studies of freshwater crab ecology (Cumberlidge & Sachs, 1991; Dobson et al., 2002; Wehrtmann et al., 2010, 2016; Vogt, 2012; Xue et al., 2013).
On establishing MOC in India, renowned chef-restaurateur DharshanMunidasa said, 'We are excited to be working in Mumbai featuring the Mud Crabs sourced from the lagoons in India.
There's an attempt to indigenize the experience by offering pinakurat crabs and other local flavors.
The so-called 'private parts for public property' theory posited by the research published on Wednesday tackles the question of how penis size relates to home size, for crabs anyway.
Here, we are going to make sure that we invest in giving you the best and biggest crabs in this restaurant." This Clay Pot Prawn Curry features local prawns and imported spices.
When studying hermit crab behavior, it is necessary to provide shells of appropriate size for each individual in order to minimize shell-searching behavior (McClintock, 1985) and to ensure that in shell choice studies (e.g., Pechenik and Lewis, 2000; de la Haye et al., 2011; Pechenik et al., 2015b) the hermit crabs have an ideal shell to choose as an option.
The project, "Promotion of Mud Crab Hatchery and Nursery Technologies in Selected Sites," is implemented by the Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/AQD) and is part of the National Mud Crab Science and Technology Program.
A cannibal crab's unusual superpower is helping it take over the world.