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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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Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the scuttling of the ex-HMAS Tobruk was a $10.
13) The local press reported only a small percentage of the cases heard in the Manchester and Salford police courts, and press reports may have exaggerated the extent to which scuttling was a new phenomenon in the early 1870s.
Thirdly, I aim to explore the nature of scuttling confrontations and the meanings attached to gang violence by the participants.
The book contains no reference to the role played by the GOP leadership in scuttling Franks's plans.
The Department of Fisheries and Marine Research said in an announcement that the vessel was cleaned and prepared for scuttling according to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution.
The scuttling of the Kyrenia, will take place at 11am on Saturday in the presence of Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides and Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis.
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.
Somehow, anyone having power in city government will lead to New York-style corruption, an argument that has served the City Hall system well for two generations in scuttling genuine reform.
Stephen Susman, of Susman Godfrey, LLP, attorneys for Telecom 21, explained that, in its lawsuit Telecom 21 seeks redress for AT&T's allegedly wrongful conduct in scuttling the joint venture project.
The scuttling of the review screenings is the latest sign of trouble from the production.
We believed him despite critics who accused him of scuttling any hope for Valley rail with his freeway monorail scheme.
Amid continued criticism that their party is insensitive toward minority groups and women, the House Republican leadership has withdrawn its support from a bill that would have ended all federal affirmative-action programs, effectively scuttling any chance that the measure will pass this year.
But the changes may have the effect of scuttling the bill.