craw-fish

crawfish

[kraw-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) crawfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) crawfishes.
verb (used without object), crawfished, crawfishing.
2.
Informal. to back out or retreat from a position or undertaking.

Origin:
1615–25; earlier crafish, cravish, cravis, variant outcomes of Middle French crevice crayfish

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crawfish (ˈkrɔːˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
a variant (esp US) of crayfish

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crawfish
1624, generally dismissed by British etymologists as a 19c. Amer.Eng. variant of crayfish (q.v.), but it apparently existed in M.E.
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