grovel

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The paths were encumbered with seaweed and fucus, between which grovelled a whole world of crustacea.
Presently Moreau sounded the great horn again, and at the sound of it all the Beast People writhed and grovelled in the dust.
In spite of superficial, fantastic and sham notions of honour and dignity, all but very few of us positively grovelled before Zverkov, and the more so the more he swaggered.