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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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He moved to unleash a volley of criticism against the NCP's negotiators who signed the four freedoms deal, describing them as "grovelers" who are responsible for all the capitulations that befell Sudan in the course of its negotiations with South Sudan and its ruling party, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).
Does the Potentate favor the most obsequious grovelers? Is the Creator, who endowed us with intelligence, freedom, and liberty, actuated by vanity rather than justice?
Lucy (12) is upholding the Wingrove fortunes with her 12.2hh pony Grovelers Marmite, having qualified for the Home Pony International at Arena UK in Ocotber, where she also plans to take Oakwood Emerald Faraa.