grovel

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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."
References in classic literature ?
There in the dusk in the spring evening I crawled along the black ground to her feet and groveled be- fore her.
Look at him now; look at him grovel. He knows what I am saying, and he knows it's the truth.
As long as he grovels for what was merely a boyish prank, the longer she will be in the driving seat of this relationship.