creep across (something)

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creep across (something)

To move slowly, and often stealthily, across a particular area or surface. The robber crept across the lawn and then opened a window to get into the house. When I saw the bee creeping across the windowsill, I bolted out of the room. The sunlight crept across my face and woke me up.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

creep across something

 
1. Lit. to move across something slowly and carefully; to sneak across something. The soldiers crept slowly across the rope bridge. The cat crept across the floor, stalking the mouse.
2. Fig. [for light, fog, etc.] to move slowly across a place or an area. A heavy fog crept across the coastal areas. The spotlight crept across the stage from one side to the other, as if looking for the performer.
See also: across, creep
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He saw creeping across the green meadow a sinuous line of figures of men and horses - some foolish commander was permitting the soldiers of his escort to water their beasts in the open, in plain view from a hundred summits!
It was delightful to rattle along over the moist roads in the early red sunlight that was creeping across the shorn harvest fields.
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"On another day that goes in and it's three points, but it is horrible to see it creeping across."
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You know that very well" whispered Mary, creeping across the room.
The homogenisation of the high street is creeping across our region.