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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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A There are all sorts of positive steps you can take to catch the eye of management without having to resort to serious groveling.
The underlying, not unspoken, response of many Americans to Elian's saga is a refusal to make a moral judgment that freedom is superior to slavery, combined with a resentment of his Miami relatives for being righteous idealists instead of pathetic, groveling victims.
In fact, he considered it a grand, grown-up gesture when Mitchell came knocking on his office door first thing Monday morning, groveling for forgiveness.
I would not want this country's chief executive to be good at groveling.
When you get tired of groveling and are ready to strike back, you'll also receive a list of your accuser's vices addressed to his/her employer, clergyman, friends and mother.
A groveling basketball coach (John Turturro in a wonderful cameo) gets down on his knees and implores Jesus to redeem his program.