scuttle across

scuttle across (something)

To scamper or scurry across something very quickly. I nearly jumped out of my chair when I saw a cockroach scuttling across the table. We scuttled across the road as soon as there was a break in traffic.
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scuttle across something

to hurry across something. (Said especially of a small animal.) A tiny mouse scuttled across the kitchen floor and startled me. A rabbit scuttled across my path.
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The second time I spied, out of the corner of my eye, a much-tinier black, glossy spider scuttle across my bedspread while I was engrossed in a page-turning thriller, I took it to be just another harmless crawly.
Scuttle across the viewing platform and the city's Romerplatz is laid out in 3D.
Scuttle across the viewing platform and the city's Romerplatz is laid out in 3D: this is the historic centre of Frankfurt, its medievalstyle buildings undergoing continuous restoration after one of the heaviest Allied bombing attacks of the Second World War.
When I went back into the living room, I saw something scuttle across the floor.
Sometimes you will cripple a bird, and that means dispatching a retriever to crawl through the chest-high cattails or scuttle across a stubble field.
The findings suggest that these transitional creatures learned to scuttle across the floors of ancient seas before they took to land and developed more complex limbs with digits, biologist Heather King and colleagues at the University of Chicago suggest online December 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
I go back to poor Christine Hemming, her hands-and-knees scuttle across the floor captured by an unforgiving CCTV.
Portman conveys her growing hysteria in the tenseness in her neck and subtle emotions that scuttle across her face--it's a singular performance.
Wymering Manor has been said to house a ghostly choir of nuns who scuttle across the hall, and a host of unseen hands, which reach out to touch those passing by.
Since insects or crustaceans are not known for qualities such as empathy, you can imagine that if they came down from the walls, they might scuttle across the floor and devour you.
Took me an hour to scuttle across to where I could knock the telephone off the table with my cane.
Wing Simon Webster appeared to have Williams in his gripbut couldn't hold on and allowed the full-back to regain his poise and scuttle across under the bar.
A robot that could scuttle across the floors of oil storage tanks even when they are full of crude might perform rigorous inspections of the tanks' bottoms.
A blister beetle can scuttle across a person's chest without causing any harm, but the slightest pressure on the beetle, such as an attempt to brush it away, will force it to secrete this clear, sticky fluid that will cause unsightly, irritating blisters to develop on the victim's skin.
On the riverbank, pelicans adorn shady trees, herons stalk amongst the reeds, and bright red crabs scuttle across muddy flats between green shoots of young mangrove trees.