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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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scuttle away

[for a small animal] to run away. The otters scuttled away as we approached. A skunk scuttled away quickly—thank heavens.
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This is the fifth artificial reef created in Cyprus, following the scuttling of vessels in Paralimni, Paphos and Limassol which make popular diving sites.
The Egyptian president alleged that Israel altered its terms for the envisaged prisoner swap, scuttling the deal.
The Irrawaddy scuttling was far larger than the much more famous World War I sinking of 74 German ships at Scapa Flow, off Orkney.
Moreover, scuttling affrays were characterised by the widespread use of weapons.
They believe the move will see divers scuttling to Orkney in droves.
Franks had wanted--and had been promised by Gingrich that he would be able--to tack his amendment onto all appropriations bills, in essence scuttling set-asides throughout the federal government.
June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Sponsoring the scuttling of a 210-foot freighter on June 10 to create an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean 12 miles off the Atlantic City shore, is a natural for Coors Brewing Company and its Coors Pure Water 2000 initiative, the company said.
A classic example of scuttling an entire team can be found in attempts at agreement on prosthesis standardization.
Their lives and all aboard the Taranga II become endangered as a high government official resorts to scuttling the boat in an attempt to prevent the cause of the massive fish kill from becoming public knowledge.
after the scuttling of the vessel, the reef will be enriched to create sea life and at the same time preserved and protected," Karousos said.
Slow falls, duets in which the dancers are completely dependent on one another to create the movement (including one witty moment at the opening in which two dancers become one four-legged creature, exiting in a scuttling movement stage right), are all framed by a set of enormous, swooping white curtains, designed by Brown and manipulated by two of the dancers.
Earlier this month, Newport Beach-based Edwards Theatres filed for bankruptcy, scuttling The Newhall Land and Farming Company's sale of the Valencia Town Center.
dozens of yellow-and-black insects swarm in out of nowhere, scuttling all over the food, falling into the drinks, buzzing peevishly about people's heads.
Yet, when Cendant's CEO, after scuttling the deal, announced that the "new" Cendant would be a seller of companies and an investor in its own stock, that contradicted everything the company initially claimed regarding the synergies it sought in its hard-fought acquisition of American Bankers.
The movement vocabulary is limited and repeated, ranging from a jellyfish-like scuttling through space to a pelvic shudder that animates first one, then another, of the bodies as they cross the stage.