scooch

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A variation of scouch. The first sense is probably influenced by scoot.

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scooch (third-person singular simple present scooches, present participle scooching, simple past and past participle scooched)

  1. (US) To shift, move aside, or scoot over.
    • 1992, Kevin Henkes, Words of Stone
      "We could watch it all night," Joselle would add, scooching closer to her mother. "If it was on all night."
    • 1998, George Ostrom, Shannon Ostrom, Nature
      Lying on your side, start rocking back and forth, scooching to and fro and kicking.
    • 2002, Andrew Clements, A Week in the Woods
      Turning over onto his back, he scooched down farther into his bag. It was the kind of sleeping bag with a hood built into it, so he pulled on the drawstring...
  2. To crouch.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Thinks I to myself, “Sol, you're run off your course again. This is a rich man's summer ‘cottage’ […].” So I started to back away again into the bushes. But I hadn't backed more'n a couple of yards when I see something so amazing that I couldn't help scooching down behind the bayberries and looking at it.

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