Had you ever crawled into bed with a 30-year-old man prior to that?
I was very eager to protect myself from opportunists who may have crawled out of the woodwork to make a quick buck.
George Stout crawled through the wall opening and into a room even he, who had been at Siegen and Merkers, never imagined.
c.1200, creulen, from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse krafla "to claw (one's way)," from the same root as crab (n.1). If there was an Old English *craflian, it has not been recorded. Related: Crawled; crawling.
1818, from crawl (v.); in the swimming sense from 1903, the stroke developed by Frederick Cavill, well-known English swimmer who emigrated to Australia and modified the standard stroke of the day after observing South Seas islanders. So called because the swimmer's motion in the water resembles crawling.