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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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I trust that Mr Prescott will take up the matter of mindless cruelty in the name of cheap entertainment and hope that last TV jungle experience will show public, producers, advertisers, newspaper grovellers and the rest into it being the last such episode of foolish and despicable maltreatment of animals.
Golf's grovellers talk about him being ideal for an "ambassadorial role" and admire how he's got his handicap down to seven.
She's seen off her love rival, travelled the world on sumptuous yachts, is a Duchess, has a husband with an income in excess of pounds 16million a year who will one day make her his Queen, wears priceless jewels and goes to parties surrounded by sycophants and grovellers, puts in fewer working hours than any other royal and still gets to enjoy a sneaky fag.
Maybe it's because so many grovellers elevated this half-decent free-kick taker into a modern icon, they felt too embarrassed to be honest about him when he turned out to be tarnished.