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grovel in (something)
1. To interact with someone in an overtly agreeable or deferential manner, usually with a particular aim (indicated after "in"). Well, if your mother's mad at me, I guess I'm going to have to grovel in apology—we want this family dinner to be pleasant, after all.
2. To show one's respect or deference by lying down on the ground in some specific substance. I won't grovel in filth for anyone! Come on, stop groveling in the dirt. Have a little more self-respect than that.
See also: grovel
slang The police. Primarily heard in UK. Come on, we've got to get out of here before the filth show up and bust us!
See also: filth
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