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3 : to grow or spread along the ground or along a surface <Ivy was creeping up a wall.
And while those stocks and bonds are creeping up in their returns, the immediacy of real estate's yields are especially important to pensions for whom the number of collecting constituents is consistently rising.
Even more frightening, the cost of Halloween is creeping up - about 85 percent of those surveyed said they planned to spend the same amount or more than they did last year.