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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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.
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LIME GRIME Mould creeps across walls and celing of mum Jessica's grim bathroom
As you gather around the dinner table, the unmistakable waft of a steaming bowl of broth pleasantly fills your nose and a smile creeps across your face.
The smallest, most knowing smile in my world creeps across her face.
Savour the smile that just creeps across your face when you see karma in action; the feeling that makes you look up to the sky and graciously thank the power that brought you this great triumphant feeling.
As obesity creeps across borders, so do consumer health trends and government programs encouraging greater fruit and vegetable consumption.
When you have an illumination, a moment of recognition, it's clearly seen on your face as a smile creeps across it and you have that look that says 'I know the answer but I am not telling you'.
Jim Fanson, a project manager at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said: "It's akin to measuring a flea as it creeps across the headlight of an automobile at night.
industrial strength slowly creeps across the Pacific Ocean and bleeds south of the border, one couple is salvaging the proud legacy of America's past.
As it creeps across Russia and into Europe it gets more significant.
As light creeps across the sky, I can make out birds on the far shore.
A look of pride creeps across his face as his boy loads up his air rifle and successfully hits the distant target.
Jes Grew is the migration, the flow that cannot be controlled or restricted; it creeps across the supposedly variegated American landscape, defying all boundaries; it "knows no class no race no consciousness" (5).
What is the slimy, slithery thing that creeps across the fair Alice's bedroom floor?