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crabwise

[krab-wahyz] /ˈkræbˌwaɪz/
adverb
1.
sideways:
patrons edging crabwise along the crowded row of theater seats.
Origin of crabwise
1900-1905
1900-05; crab1 + -wise
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  • Mr. Wayne stiffened and wheeled; Mr. Briggs sidled hastily toward the doorway, crabwise; the poet choked back the word, Phup!

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • Instead, he sidled, crabwise, into the middle of the street.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • "Oh—well—gee—of course—" sighed Graff, as he went out, crabwise.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for crabwise

crabwise

/ˈkræbˌwaɪz/
adjective, adverb
1.
(of motion) sideways; like a crab
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