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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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Grovelling James replied: "Your boy is the best and I'm so sorry for that impression.
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.
GMTV has issued a grovelling apology after millions of TV viewers were ripped off by yet another phone-in quiz.
Let him come back and see how much grovelling we can get out of him.
The Hollywood star, who issued a grovelling apology to the Jewish community in the summer after unleashing an anti-Semitic rant when he was arrested for drink-driving, said the way he had been treated since was "out of proportion".
Is it a society where parents instill ethical behaviour in their children or leave it to the grovelling media, and their descent to the lowest common denominator to do the job?
Whether it was my lack of grovelling or he's a miserable git, I'll never know.