noun (plural same or crawfishes)
1 another term for spiny lobster.
- Edible crabs, crawfish and lobsters must not be taken.
- The new display will also include tropical hermit crabs, crawfish, horseshoe crabs, and other species.
- Fish regularly shoal in the area; and within the rocky ledges enormous crabs, lobsters and the occasional crawfish take advantage of the fact that they are rarely visited or fished for.
1.1chiefly North American A freshwater crayfish.
- In flood years they open the gates and fresh water flushes through the Basin and the crawfish and the fishermen flourish.
- There isn't much else to see at this depth apart from freshwater crawfish scuttling for cover along the silty bottom.
- Small freshwater crawfish potter about and are easily approachable.
verb[no object] US informal
Retreat from a position: three networks, intimidated by the public outcry, had begun to crawfish
More example sentences
- ‘For 11 long years, he has sidestepped, crawfished, wheedled out of any agreements he had made not to develop weapons of mass destruction,’ he said.
- If there were a shred of sense in this analogy, hunting would have been banned five years ago, whereas in fact he has ‘crawfished’ about like anything trying to avoid it.
Early 17th century: variant of crayfish.
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