Definition of creepy-crawly in English:

creepy-crawly

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Pronunciation: /kriːpiˈkrɔːli
 
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noun (plural creepy-crawlies)

informal
  • A spider, worm, or other small flightless creature, especially when considered unpleasant or frightening: Sylvia started to hallucinate, seeing creepy-crawlies on her bed
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    • Over and over again he regales the reader with proof that snakes, spiders, crocodiles and creepy-crawlies have acquired a taste for tourist blood.
    • One of the reservations in my mind about going out to the tropics was the number of insects and other creepy-crawlies which were bound to predominate in these parts.
    • It is a basic British prejudice about ‘abroad’ that it abounds with dangerous insects and creepy-crawlies.

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  • Causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease: creepy-crawly stories
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    • The creepy-crawly factor is really big - and knowing how many of those creepy-crawly things are poisonous adds to it.
    • The transformation of the frequently ugly, bizarre, creepy-crawly caterpillar into an elegant butterfly is one of the regularly performed miracles of nature.
    • And the strong cast make James's creepy-crawly companions more appealing than insects have any right to be.

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