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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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.
"Bells in themselves," as Raffles whispered; "there's nothing else rustles so--cunning old beast!" 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.
HER heroic motherhood was qualified only by a film of lichen that crept across forehead and nose, promising a more complete defacement in process of time, and stains from weather and the droppings of birds and animals.
Having crawled to his half-century, Pujara ramped up as he ran out of partners, slogging a couple of sixes as shadows crept across the ground.
Sean McRoberts put the Robins on their way with an early goal and Jordan Summerly doubled the lead 11 minutes into the second-half when his low drive hit the post and crept across the line.
'We have achieved something much larger for ourselves and as a whole - independence from self-inflicted denial, doubt and demotivation which somehow crept across the nation these past few years,' he said.
However, skepticism over the news crept across Asian trading floors on Tuesday.