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grovel

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Definition to show submission or fear — sometimes by crawling or lying face down
  • She wasn't content just to win. She wanted to see me grovel.
grovel = show complete submission
  • Hoping for mercy, she dropped to the floor and groveled.
  • groveled = showed submission
  • Art rises when men rise, and grovels when men grovel.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • An instant later he leaped at her, as she lay groveling at his feet.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • "...get up, Linton! Get up!" he shouted. "Don't grovel on the ground there up, this moment!"
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • No more begging, no more groveling.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • groveling = showing submission or fear
  • It burned him to plead for his job, but groveling to el Gerente was still preferable to work in the bean fields.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • groveling = showing submission or fear
  • I want you to tell me that you're disgusted with me and that you're going to leave so that I can beg and grovel on my knees for you to stay.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • grovel = show submission or fear
  • But before death (nobody spoke of such things, yet everybody knew of them) there was the routine of confession that had to be gone through: the grovelling on the floor and screaming for mercy, the crack of broken bones, the smashed teeth, and bloody clots of hair.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • grovelling = showing submission or fear
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use groveling.)
  • Mustapha Mond tried to make him get up; but Bernard persisted in his grovelling; the stream of words poured out inexhaustibly.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • grovelling = showing submission or fear
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use groveling.)
  • He shuffled forward on his knees, groveling, his hands clasped in front of him as though praying.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • groveling = showing submission or fear
  • Even now, Miro could touch certain spots on a body that would cause a victim to grovel with pain.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • grovel = show submission or fear
  • I saw them gradually worn down, whimpering, grovelling, weeping — and in the end it was not with pain or fear, only with penitence.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use groveling.)
  • He felt the smash of truncheons on his elbows and iron-shod boots on his shins; he saw himself grovelling on the floor, screaming for mercy through broken teeth.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use groveling.)
  • A hideous grovelling slave who flatters when he's kicked but treasures it all up and hopes to get his own back by egging on that horrible Tisroc to plot his son's death.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • grovelling = showing submission or fear
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use groveling.)
  • That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn't mean we have to bow and grovel to it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • You'll bow down and raise my flag, you groveling little maggots," they growled.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Now please, drag him off before he wakes up and starts groveling?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • The colour went from their six faces like enchantment; some leaped to their feet, some clawed hold of others; Morgan grovelled on the ground.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use groveled.)
  • Shari had said something about groveling.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble

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