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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We see oryx, gazelles and lizards scuttle across the desert, a falcon soaring, the sand sparkling, plants and animals yearning for the few drops of water that I squeeze from our cloud, perhaps initiating a spectacular desert bloom of wild iris, desert rose and acacia.
A romantic evening walk along the beach is interrupted as hundreds of crabs scuttle across the sand in the twilight.'
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.
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.
It's that time of year when spiders start to scuttle across our carpets.
Afterwards, we treated ourselves to a drink in the atmospheric George Pub before strolling down to the town's pier for an ice cream and to watch the clouds scuttle across the mountains.
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.
Character Group said Go Go Pets, a range of toy hamsters that squeak and scuttle across the floor, had become an "overnight success" in the UK and US this year.
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.