- Informal. to back out or retreat from a position or undertaking.
Origin of crawfish
Related Wordsclam, crustacean, mollusk, snail, scallop, conch, crawfish, prawn, shrimp, lobster, mussel, oyster, barnacle, whelk, piddock, crayfish, retreat, withdraw
Examples from the Web for crawfish
Gabrielle Taper, 19, sat next to her two teenage friends and nibbled on crawfish and Andouille, a type of sausage made from pork.New Orleans Celebrates Its Favorite Sandwich at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
November 26, 2013
The incident is big news in Breaux Bridge, which bills itself as the “Crawfish Capital of the World.”
Men, she says, worked 24 hours, forced to steam the crawfish and then peel them.
According to the lawsuit, crawfish processors “depend on the H-2B workers,” and new wage hikes “will cripple Louisiana employers.”
East's epiphany took the form of a satirical column comparing the progress of his native state to that of a crawfish.Don't Buy Haley Barbour's Myth
December 20, 2010
Little was eaten at dinner, for they had done too much honor to the crawfish at noon.Fruitfulness
They are inhabited by fish and crawfish, sightless and perfectly white.The Mines and its Wonders
Our guide had brought a net, with which he caught some fish and crawfish.With Axe and Rifle
The Riverlawns were encamped at the foot of a hill not far from Crawfish Springs.An Undivided Union
There are eyeless fish and crawfish, and a prolific population of bats.America, Volume 6 (of 6)
- a variant (esp US) of crayfish (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for crawfish
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.