crawl across

crawl across (something)

1. Of a person, to move across an area on one's hands and knees. When I turned back around, the baby was already crawling across the room!
2. Of an animal or insect, to walk across an area. When I saw the bee crawling across the windowsill, I bolted out of the room.
See also: across, crawl

crawl across something

 and crawl along something
[for someone] to move across something on hands and knees; [for an insect or something similar] to walk across something. The wounded officer had to crawl across the open area to get to safety. The caterpillar crawled across the leaf and stopped at the end. She crawled along the catwalk, fearing to look down.
See also: across, crawl
References in classic literature ?
Polychrome, her beautiful gauzy robes floating around her like a rainbow cloud, went first, dancing back and forth and darting now here to pluck a wild-flower or there to watch a beetle crawl across the path.
TV's Kirstie Allsopp "If you'd spent your life being called Gyles Brandreth, you would crawl across broken glass to achieve the bliss, the simplicity, the purity, the joy of simply being called Bob.
I don't cry at the key moments of my life, but put me in front of Call The Midwife and I am hysterical TV's Kirstie Allsopp If you'd spent your life being called Gyles Brandreth, you would crawl across broken glass to achieve the bliss, the simplicity, the purity, the joy of simply being called Bob Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth
Doctors hope to use electro-magnets to make the robot crawl across the lining of the patient's stomach.
SHIVERING Brits could wake up to a blanket of snow today as the Arctic cold snap continues to crawl across the country.
Snakes don't crawl across sharp or very rough surfaces--it cuts their belly.
Watching a baby tentatively crawl across the room is every parent's joy, but getting a child to reach this milestone can be tricky.
Then watch it crawl across your window, cleaning as it goes.
He waits for a connection, watching plasma crawl across the bar at the bottom of the screen.
As a quick example, if I had the chance to work for Tiger Savage, then I would crawl across broken glass to do so.
He is apparently adamant he still wants to take part, promising to crawl across the finish line if necessary.
BARTON replies: Lungworm can infect dogs when they eat slugs or snails that have the parasites, or you leave your dog bowls outdoors where slugs and snails crawl across them.
Kelly Jackson had to crawl across black ice on her hands and knees to reach the scene where Robert Swain had crashed on Wednesday.
Southbound traffic moved at a crawl across from the accident scene.
New Scientist magazine reported: "Preliminary tests have shown that the device can crawl across the surface of brain-like gels and burrow its way into pig muscle tissue.