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.
See also: across, creep
References in classic literature ?
When at last we crept across the sodden rooms and looked out again, the country northward was as though a black snowstorm had passed over it.
What we cannot make you understand over here is that every Japanese soldier who crept across the bare plains or lay stretched in the trenches, who loaded his rifle and shot and killed and waited for death,--every man felt something beating in his heart which those others did not feel.
The ape-man crept across the clearing until he stood before the barred gates.
She crept across to him, drawing her stool after her.
Very softly he crept across the floor, threw himself upon his stomach and peered down.
Then she crept across the room, and, as she drew nearer, the light attracted the boy's attention and he turned his head on his pillow and stared at her, his gray eyes opening so wide that they seemed immense.
The witchery of the dawn turned the gray river-reaches to purple, gold, and opal; and it was as though the lumbering dhoni crept across the splendours of a new heaven.
And we gave them a wide berth as we crept across the grass.
Slowly, while the wolf struggled feebly and the hand clutched feebly, the other hand crept across to a grip.
Together we stole down to the road and crept across to the door of the inn.
The genital herpes virus would have crept across Africa the way it creeps down nerve endings in our sex organs - slowly but surely," Houldcraft said.
A distant flicker of a smile which crept across the prisoner's face as he gave Cole the thumbs up through the interview room glass was incredibly creepy.
Cosgrove was unfortunate not to make it 2-0 just after the re-start with a low effort that crept across the face of goal, while the closest Glentoran came to levelling was when Jonathan Smith's free-kick called Jason Mooney into action.
The bad weather crept across onto the mainland, flooding streets and felling trees in the south of the country, from the Calabria region to the capital.
Polyurethane-cast pants, crooked like crawling inchworms, crept across the floor, their forms interlaced with chromed aluminum bars shaped after garment patterns.