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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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Ironically, every insurance policy makes it twice as hard to obtain legitimate and focused tests and treatments, making us jump through paper hoops and have groveling conversations with the technician watchdogs and the handsomely paid MD desk analysts.
I've put the URLs for some of them at the end of this piece but will focus on the one from Hitachi for now--mostly because our esteemed leader and publisher may well be reading this and feeling generous and well disposed to my humble groveling.
Washington reporters compared the groveling retraction to the forced confessions political prisoners were required to make before being executed in the old Soviet Union.
While Prentice seems subservient at first, within a month his conniving and sinister nature enables him to change places with his eventually groveling employer.