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Monday, April 22, 2013

Definitions for crawfish

  1. Informal. to back out or retreat from a position or undertaking.
  2. crayfish.

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Citations for crawfish
When have you known me to crawfish on a deal? Victor McGlothin, Secrets of Newberry, 2010
I suppose I crawfished around a bit and didn't give him too straight an answer. Gene Wolfe, Peace, 1995
Origin of crawfish
1615-1625
A North American variant of crayfish, crawfish entered English in the mid-1800s as both a verb and a noun meaning "to act cowardly," "to retreat from a position," or to describe a person who acts in this manner. Crayfish comes to English from the Old High German krebiz meaning "crab" or "shellfish."