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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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"But I am not a groveller and I respect the dead, wherever they come from.
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DUMPED Calum Best last night furiously denied he cheated on Georgia Salpa but insisted: I'm not a groveller.
He called him a 'groveller who was not my prime minister.'
For months he keeps his counsel, accepting neither food nor drink; speaking to no-one; spoken to by none save the Senior Groveller, whose envied duty it is to read to him each evening, in a voice modelled on that of the late John Snagge, the day's results and, of course, the comments of this paper's dedicated and highly-skilled team of racereaders.