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crabwise

[ krab-wahyz ]
/ ˈkræbˌwaɪz /
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adverb

sideways: patrons edging crabwise along the crowded row of theater seats.

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Origin of crabwise

First recorded in 1900–05; crab1 + -wise
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British Dictionary definitions for crabwise

crabwise
/ (ˈkræbˌwaɪz) /

adjective, adverb

(of motion) sideways; like a crab
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