Like so many other deeply religious young men obsessed with fighting an ideological war, his mind was skittering.
So the eye, skittering across the water, leaps promptly and cleanly to blue ranges by the Sound, a couple of miles away.
skittering images of her zipped through his mind, only to be shoved aside.
With a swish he is gone, and unless I hear the skittering of tiny feet a rod away I may not tell in what direction or how.
It was a tatterdemalion array that he had conjured into conclave with his skittering whoop along the hill-tops.
The tiny life-raft dropped toward it, skittering nervously as it hit the thin atmosphere.
It was a shame that Devore kept him skittering round on little picayunish jobs—running errands, that was really what it was.
Up came a big flounder, which was skittering about, the next moment, in the bottom of the boat.
Pop made his way toward it in the skittering, skating gait one uses in one-sixth gravity.
The shout sent Prince Machiavelli skittering up to Rick's neck and down inside his shirt.
"to run rapidly," 1845, frequentative of skite "to dart, run quickly" (1721), perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skjota "to shoot, launch, move quickly, avoid (a blow)," or Norwegian dialectal skutla "glide rapidly"); see skittish. As a noun from 1905.
To move about rapidly; scamper: where the poor skitter around the doll's house on the hill like so many rats among garbage (1845+)