- 1A line or ridge produced on paper or cloth by folding, pressing, or crushing: khaki trousers with knife-edge creasesMore example sentences
- Folding clothes gives a sharp crease along the fold line.
- A leaf of paper lined with creases from years of unfolding was clutched tightly in his right hand with its yellow and wrinkled envelope held in his left.
- This includes the creases, folds, dents and crevices.
- 1.1A wrinkle or furrow in the skin, especially of the face, caused by age or a particular facial expression: stubble lines the creases of his faceMore example sentences
- Tiny wrinkles morphed into deep creases in his skin, by his eyes and near his mouth.
- The rash is worse under the arms and in skin creases.
- Most of the scars are hidden within the hair and in the normal creases of the skin.
- 2 Cricket Any of a number of lines marked on the pitch at specified places. See popping crease, bowling crease, return crease.More example sentences
- So can you please do us a favour and sweep the pitch and remake the creases?
- After arriving at the batting crease on the fourth evening, he made a cautious start, scoring only six runs off his first 35 balls.
- Just have a look at where some of the Aussies take strike and you will see them well in front of their creases and looking to play forward.
- 2.1 (the crease) The position of a batsman during their innings: England were 15 for 3 overnight, with Stewart and Russell at the creaseMore example sentences
- Most of the batsmen need more time at the crease, and the position of the third pace bowler is undecided.
- Suddenly, with two new batsmen at the crease, the runs began to dry up.
- The batsmen had to stay at the crease for a while before upping the scoring.
- 3 (the crease) An area around the goal in ice hockey or lacrosse which the players may not enter unless the puck or the ball has already done so: he was caught in the crease without the puckMore example sentences
- They'll shoot from the blue line and sweep in pucks around the crease.
- If a player catches a goalie in the crease it'll be a penalty and the goal will be disallowed.
- You never want to fire a pass through traffic or slide that puck across the crease - because you'll pay for it.
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- 1Make a crease in (cloth or paper): he sank into the chair, careful not to crease his dinner jacket (as adjective creased) a creased piece of paperMore example sentences
- Why didn't he crease his paper or write on a piece of foil or something so he could tell them apart?
- The cloth is creased, the day's newspaper is folded neatly, and an unopened letter to Monsieur Ph. Rousseau awaits its reader.
- It definitely was a downer, but Tyson creased the paper and shrugged it off nonetheless, with the reminder that he would see his father again.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a facial feature) be marked by creases, typically as an expression of an emotion: his eyes creased in amusementMore example sentences
- Still, she is relaxed, her elfin features creased in a permanent smile.
- He saw her delicate features creased in a frown of confusion.
- After some time, the fledgling closed his eyes, head bent and brow creased in an expression of concentration.
- 2 (crease up or crease someone up) British • informal Burst out or cause to burst out laughing: [no object]: Jo could imitate anybody and always made him crease upMore example sentences
- I have had buses pull up in front of the house and everybody who sees the gnomes creases up laughing.
- I ask the mild-looking septuagenarian who is creasing up with laughter at the memory.
- One morning, my swimming teacher (actually a rather bored history master who'd been drafted in to help out), who had been watching me doggedly ploughing along in this manner, unexpectedly creased up with helpless laughter.
- 4(Of a bullet) graze (someone or something): a bullet creased his thighMore example sentences
- Another bullet creased my skull on the other side of my forehead.
- I felt a sharp tug on my left temple as the bullet creased me before it splat into the armor plate by my head.
late 16th century: probably a variant of crest.