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Definitionto show submission or fear — sometimes by crawling or lying face down
- In another, the ground was cumbered with rusty iron monsters of steam-boilers, wheels, cranks, pipes, furnaces, paddles, anchors, diving-bells, windmill-sails, and I know not what strange objects, accumulated by some speculator, and grovelling in the dust, underneath which — having sunk into the soil of their own weight in wet weather — they had the appearance of vainly trying to hide themselves.Chapters 46-48 (41% in)
There are no more uses of "grovel" in David Copperfield.
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