bekruipen

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Germanic, from Middle Dutch becrupen, from be- + kruipen 'to creep, crawl' [cognate; also with kreupel 'cripple']

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bekruipen (past singular bekroop, past participle bekropen)

  1. (transitive, literally) To creep on/ up to, approach and/or mount by crawling, especially stealthily
    De bloedzuigers bekropen hun nietsvermoedend slachtoffer
    The leaches crept on their unsuspecting victim
  2. (transitive, figuratively) (said of feelings and thoughts) To steal upon, come over, assail
    Angst bekroop de bengel telkens vader de gevreesde riem greep
    Fear came over the rascal whenever dad grabbed the dreaded belt

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