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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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The Sindh education minister took notice of the video and summoned the clerk and the father to his office, where the clerk was made to apologise to the girl's father by grovelling at the latter's feet.
to make a grovelling on-air apology to Judy Murray yesterday after mocking her for putting too much pressure on Andy.
The CPS was ordered to make a "grovelling apology" to the pair after Warwick Crown Court heard lawyers decided they had no case to answer as long ago as last October.
HATS off to the 23,000 fans who drew a grovelling apology out of Everton over the redesign of the crest on the team jersey.
I most of all I object to BBC Wales' grovelling to those people, just for the sake of "putting Wales on the map" - we already are, and we don't need right-wing Yanks to do that.
Summary: The chairman of disgraced Barclays bank has issued a grovelling apology for the Libor rate-fixing scandal.
TAX supremo Dave Hartnett last night issued a grovelling apology for a blunder that left more than a million Brits facing huge bills.
Despite issuing a grovelling apology and receiving backing from Gordon Brown, the peer, pictured, risked inflaming the row by comparing her mistake to forgetting to pay the congestion charge in London.
POP star Sophie Ellis-Bextor has issued a grovelling apology to hundreds of fans in Coventry - after cancelling a gig in the city for the second time in four months.
Fearing expulsion from the 2008 championship, which would have left Hamilton sitting on the sidelines for a year, McLaren F1 CEO Martin Whitmarsh wrote a grovelling letter to the FIA and WMSC expressing "sincere regret."
Let him come back and see how much grovelling we can get out of him.'
Prism Leisure Cert 15 HHHH Wouldn't surprise me if Spike's sitting on a cloud with a manic smile on his face and muttering 'grovelling little b***ards'.