There are often provocations in the area in the spring as crabbing season begins.
Only it was a pity that Gerrit always insisted on crabbing and poking fun at the Van Naghels and their friends.
Come on, here is where we hire our boat, and get our crabbing outfit.
crabbing consists of two operations, first the loosening process, then the setting process.
Or she goes with Jefferson and Madison on a "crabbing" hunt.
Melissa may be outside or even out in a boat herself, crabbing or fishing.
But when I knew I had to come down to the seashore, naturally I thought of bathing, fishing, or crabbing.
Orvil Harris was crabbing, as unconcerned as though nothing had happened.
She was able to forget Harold's myopic wanderings in the pleasure of crabbing her youngest brother.
So intent were the girls on their crabbing game they had not noticed the other craft drifting about them.
crustacean, Old English crabba, from a general Germanic root (cf. Dutch krab, Old High German krebiz, German Krabbe, Old Norse krabbi "crab"), related to Low German krabben, Dutch krabelen "to scratch, claw," from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch, carve" (see carve). The constellation name is attested in English from c.1000; the Crab Nebula (1868), however, is in Taurus, and is so called for its shape. French crabe (13c.) is from Dutch.
"fruit of the wild apple tree," c.1300, crabbe, perhaps from Scandinavian scrab, of obscure origin (cf. Swedish krabbäpple). The combination of "bad-tempered, combative" and "sour" in the two nouns crab naturally yielded a verb meaning of "to vex, irritate" (c.1400), later "to complain irritably, find fault" (c.1500). The noun meaning "sour person" is from 1570s.