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grovel

(1)
To work interminably and without apparent progress. Often used transitively with "over" or "through". "The file scavenger has been groveling through the /usr directories for 10 minutes now." Compare grind and crunch. Emphatic form: "grovel obscenely".

grovel

(2)
To examine minutely or in complete detail. "The compiler grovels over the entire source program before beginning to translate it." "I grovelled through all the documentation, but I still couldn't find the command I wanted."
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It was time for the master groveler to get to work.
Maybe they are sorry for the flunkies and grovelers who, twisting the truth, issue such untrue praise.
It will be a big blunder if the NCP's grovelers agreed to Al-Bashir's visit to Juba," he stated.