creep up


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

creep up

1. To approach someone or something slowly and often stealthily. I crept up behind my brother and startled him.
2. To encroach (upon one or something) gradually over time. It wasn't until I sat down that I realized how much exhaustion had crept up on me. The weeds have been really creeping up on the edge of the yard over the last few years.
See also: creep, up

creep up

[for darkness] to move gradually and slowly [toward someone or something]. Dusk crept up and swallowed us in darkness.
See also: creep, up
References in periodicals archive ?
While these values are appropriate for describing creep up to 100 s, an alternative analysis used in this paper gives values for [D.
Stuart Rice of City believes that Premiership bookings make-ups may be beginning to creep up again anyway.