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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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In '62 they almost groveled at our feet," said Leland.
As one who saw it and smelled it, I found myself for years savoring Daley's disrepute and that of the Democrats who groveled before him.
We had `suffered, starved and triumphed, groveled down yet grasped at glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole.