creep along (something)

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creep along (something)

To move slowly, and often stealthily, across a particular area or surface. The robber crept along the walkway and then opened a window to get into the house. When I saw the bee creeping along the windowsill, I bolted out of the room.
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creep along something

to move along something slowly and carefully; to sneak along something. Creep along the side of the building until you reach the door. The cat crept along the narrow kitchen counter.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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How slowly it seemed to move, now that she could hear but not see it, creeping along the floor!
I had a very good mouth -- that is I could be guided by the slightest touch of the rein; and that is a great thing in London, among carriages, omnibuses, carts, vans, trucks, cabs, and great wagons creeping along at a walking pace; some going one way, some another, some going slowly, others wanting to pass them; omnibuses stopping short every few minutes to take up a passenger, obliging the horse that is coming behind to pull up too, or to pass, and get before them; perhaps you try to pass, but just then something else comes dashing in through the narrow opening, and you have to keep in behind the omnibus again; presently you think you see a chance, and manage to get to the front, going so near the wheels on each side that half an inch nearer and they would scrape.
you devil!" and the crash of an empty bottle against the back of his aunt's woodshed brought him wide awake, and a single minute later he was dressed and out of the win- dow and creeping along the roof of the "ell" on all fours.
The train continued its erratic progress, sometimes stopping altogether for a time, with whistle blowing repeatedly; sometimes creeping along the metals as though feeling its way to safety.
"I thought I saw," said one of the servants, "horsemen dressed in yellow, creeping along the bed of the stream.
A report on his death read: "For four hours he kept bombing the Germans at quite close quarters, creeping along the parapet to throw bombs into the part of the trench occupied by the enemy.
Should you be creeping along and see a doe heading your way, always figure at least one buck is following.
"When they came off they walked up Coppin Hall and the same car came, and was creeping along again.
"I can just sneak along and pop up at the end and they'll say: 'Where did he appear from?' I'm creeping along and playing really well."
In late summer, I could see little red fires creeping along the ridges during the day, but I could never spot flames at night.
e market is creeping along, rather than going at a rate of knots."
But the most common obstruction arises when there's no opportunity to pass at all: The right lane is crowded with trucks, and someone far ahead is creeping along in the left lane, oblivious to the traffic building up behind.
Bobby Stacey was amazed to see two middle aged-looking women creeping along a footpath near his home at The Mount, in Skelmersdale, and making off with bundles of his neighbour's freshlylaid turf.
The plant in question being Japanese Knotweed of course, which is already widespread next to the Warwickshire Health and Racquet Club and creeping along the river bank towards the Jag.
They have the right habit too - creeping along the ground in a very fluid way.