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crawfish

[kraw-fish] /ˈkrɔˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) crawfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) crawfishes.
1.
verb (used without object), crawfished, crawfishing.
2.
Informal. to back out or retreat from a position or undertaking.
Origin of crawfish
1615-1625
1615-25; earlier crafish, cravish, cravis, variant outcomes of Middle French crevice crayfish
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  • Little was eaten at dinner, for they had done too much honor to the crawfish at noon.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • They are inhabited by fish and crawfish, sightless and perfectly white.

    The Mines and its Wonders W.H.G. Kingston
  • Our guide had brought a net, with which he caught some fish and crawfish.

    With Axe and Rifle W.H.G. Kingston
  • The Riverlawns were encamped at the foot of a hill not far from crawfish Springs.

    An Undivided Union Oliver Optic
  • There are eyeless fish and crawfish, and a prolific population of bats.

British Dictionary definitions for crawfish

crawfish

/ˈkrɔːˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
a variant (esp US) of crayfish (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for crawfish
n.

1620s, generally dismissed by British etymologists as a 19c. American English variant of crayfish, but perhaps it existed in Middle English. Also in 19c. American English as a verb, "to back out," in reference to the creature's movements.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crawfish

crawfish

verb

To renege; retreat; back out: He started to crawfish when he realized who the competition was (1842+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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