crawl across

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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 ?
Why don't they jump off when they crawl along the tight rope with a cat in front and a cat behind?
They're dying rats, dying of starvation, when they crawl along that rope.
They learned all the trails and cow-paths; but nothing delighted them more than to essay the roughest and most impossible rides, where they were glad to crouch and crawl along the narrowest deer-runs, Bob and Mab struggling and forcing their way along behind.
It is the habit of the shrimp to crawl along the bottom in vast armies till it reaches fresh water, when it turns about and crawls back again to the salt.
Night came on, and the poor blind youth had no eyes to close, and could only crawl along the ground, not knowing in the least where he was going.
Another night passed in the bleak damp air, made him worse; when he set forward on his journey next morning he could hardly crawl along.
But there was a time when people scoffed at the idea; they said you might as well expect leagues of solid rock to crawl along the ground as expect leagues of ice to do it.
This was a great relief, for they were very much fatigued and could scarcely crawl along.
I counted us already as good as dead; but still I dragged myself along until the time came that I could no longer rise, but could only crawl along a few inches at a time, dragging Ajor beside me.
I believed we could crawl along a branch and get into the next tree, and I judged it worth while to try.
That Eugene Wrayburn, for his wife's sake, set him aside and left him to crawl along his blasted course.
Through the evening and late into the night of February 15-16, most Noth Americans can watch the Moon (just past first quarter) crawl along the southern arm of the Hyades V pattern, munching on stars one by one.
Bars B and C consist of 100 homes, 5 halls, common areas and crawl along the length of each building.
In fact, the first mention of the possibility of a pub crawl along the Manchester to Leeds line, beginning at Stalybridge Station and ending at Dewsbury, was an article written by myself in The Independent in 1998 (Trains pass so close, your drink rocks gently in the glass).
The city's business districts were most affected as people headed to work, with traffic also slowed to a crawl along the D100.