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Friday, May 21, 2004

Definitions for crabwise

  1. Sideways.
  2. In a cautiously indirect manner.

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Citations for crabwise
Grass tells this story in awkward fashion, coming at it crabwise indeed, with hesitations, shifts of direction, and out of sequence, allowing his narrator to display his own confusion, uncertainty, resentment of a history that has deformed his own life. Allan Massie, The Scotsman
Atwood moves crabwise through such questions as the place of moral or ideological content in art, the conflict between artistic purity and commercial necessity, and the nature of the relationship between writer, text and reader. Christopher Tayler, Sunday Telegraph
Origin of crabwise
1900-1905
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