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

1615–25; earlier crafish, cravish, cravis, variant outcomes of Middle French crevice crayfish Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
crawfish (ˈkrɔːˌfɪʃ)
n , pl -fish, -fishes
a variant (esp US) of crayfish

crayfish or esp (US) crawfish (ˈkreɪˌfɪʃ)
n , pl -fish, -fishes
1.  any freshwater decapod crustacean of the genera Astacus and Cambarus, resembling a small lobster
2.  any of various similar crustaceans, esp the spiny lobster
[C14: cray, by folk etymology, from Old French crevice crab, from Old High German krebiz + fish]
crawfish or esp (US) crawfish
[C14: cray, by folk etymology, from Old French crevice crab, from Old High German krebiz + fish]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
They went mushroom- and berry-picking regularly and had giant crawfish feasts whenever they could.
The larger snappers and groupers had disappeared completely, and crawfish were
Where there are no fish, even a crawfish calls himself a fish.
The accountants ate plates of crawfish, fried chicken and king cake.
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