crawling with

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crawl with (someone or something)

To be filled or covered with people or things in motion. Ugh, the mall is crawling with teenagers tonight—let's get out of here. We took off running when we realized that the tree stump was crawling with bugs.
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crawling with (something)

Having something in abundance; full of something. Ugh, the mall is crawling with teenagers tonight—I feel so old. We had to call an exterminator when we learned that our walls were crawling with termites.
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crawling with someone

Fig. [of a surface] covered with many people or members of a class of people moving about. The place was crawling with police and FBI agents. The city was crawling with tourists making it almost impossible to go from place to place.
See also: crawl
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
The red eastern sky, the northward blackness, the salt Dead Sea, the stony beach crawling with these foul, slow-stirring monsters, the uniform poisonous-looking green of the lichenous plants, the thin air that hurts one's lungs: all contributed to an appalling effect.
Crawling with Monsters is a multimedia performance ethnography
(1) Crawling with Monsters is based on subsequent interviews
Nina, a nine-year-old character in the Crawling with Monsters script,
Crawling with Monsters is set in the borderlands of Mexico and the
The Crawling with Monsters script speaks to, and in some ways
Like those that have come before it, Crawling with Monsters
including the US government, Crawling with Monsters disrupts the map by
As the Director's lines indicate, Crawling with Monsters is
TWO families were shocked to discover that packets of raisins they'd given to their children were crawling with MAGGOTS.
Study Design: Cross-sectional, analytical inferential that uses surface electromyography (sEMG) to measure muscle activation cervical-brachial axis of the right shoulder in healthy subjects during front crawl swimming and crawling with and without tube.
Instead of crawling with the whole foot attached to the substrate, the rear half of the foot was detached from the substrate and moved in a motion similar to swimming while the front half of the foot remained attached and exhibited the muscular contractions typical of crawling.