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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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Grovelling David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "April has been all the rage.
But a senior Newcastle source said: "There was absolutely no question of Kevin grovelling.
He even topped the so-called Iron Lady's grovelling supplication to Bush senior on his ascendance to the Presidency that Britain retain its most-favoured lapdog status.
NEWCASTLE legend Malcolm Macdonald has urged Craig Bellamy (pictured) to make grovelling apologies to Graeme Souness and Alan Shearer in order to solve the club's striking crisis.
I look forward to the grovelling apology from the acting head of the board of governors - or even the head of the acting chairman of the board of governors - for force feeding us the comedy equivalent of BSE all these years.
AUSTRALIA tennis officials were today forced to issue a grovelling apology to Spanish dignitaries after the wrong national anthem was played in the opening ceremony of the 2003 Davis Cup final.
Grovelling Young insisted: "For the vast majority of people in the country today, they have never had it so good ever since this recession - this so-called recession - started.
AN Italian newspaper has been forced into a grovelling apology after confusing Croatia boss Slaven Bilic with a Macedonian murderer.
WHAT a grovelling, snivelling little twerp former Royal butler Paul Burrell is.
NOT surprisingly, pompous twit Boris Johnson got a hiding when he went grovelling to Liverpool.
The Prince of Wales, once famously described by the comic as a "little grovelling bastard", was "deeply saddened to hear the news".
IT'S just wonderful to see both Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart grovelling to their respective women and begging them to take them back.