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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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As long as he grovels for what was merely a boyish prank, the longer she will be in the driving seat of this relationship.
Victor writes about whatever he hears in the gutter and James writes about whatever he hears at the Palace kitchen door where he grovels for titbits.
All the major characters repeat expletives in nearly every speech again, which is a lazy writer who refuses to utilize the English language while he grovels around in Anglo-Saxonisms kept out behind the barn.