crouch

Part of speech: verb

To stoop low, as in fear or in readiness to spring; cringe.

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Usage examples "crouch":

  1. When the enemy volleyed from the advanced trench, they had to crouch under the lee of a bank that was facing the direction of the fort on the south- eastern heights; when they wished to avoid shell and rifle fire from this fort, they had to run the risk of finding shelter in the direct line of fire from the main trench. - "The Siege of Mafeking (1900)", J. Angus Hamilton.
  2. Crouch the bookseller, under a fictitious name. - "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)", Isaac Disraeli.
  3. And he saw tiger crouch and spring, To crush a bird with beauteous wing, But the tiger missed his aim, And he hung his head with shame. - "Poems of James McIntyre", James McIntyre.