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synonyms for grovel

  • beseech
  • fawn
  • beg
  • blandish
  • bootlick
  • brown-nose
  • court
  • cower
  • crawl
  • creep
  • cringe
  • crouch
  • flatter
  • humor
  • implore
  • kneel
  • kowtow
  • pamper
  • prostrate
  • revere
  • snivel
  • soft-soap
  • stoop
  • truckle
  • wheedle
  • apple-polish
  • beg for mercy
  • bow and scrape
  • butter up
  • cater to
  • eat crow
  • eat dirt
  • eat humble pie
  • fall all over
  • humble oneself
  • kiss one's feet
  • make much of
  • make up to
  • play up to
  • suck up to
  • yes
See also synonyms for: groveling
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antonyms for grovel

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  • answer
  • ignore
  • straighten
  • boast
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I found the island’s one pier, paddled out, and proceeded to grovel for two-foot waves.
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A 17th-century astronomer and naturalist, Giovanni Battista Hodierna, thought snakes used their tongues for “picking the dirt out of their noses … since they are always grovelling on the ground.”
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We need not grovel in the sinks and cellars, neither need we ruminate upon the house-tops.
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Behind the back of Monsieur P—— they grouch; before his face they grovel.
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Nay, I would ask her forgiveness and grovel before her, if she would only let me enjoy her love again.
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Then the two ladies who looked beheld Houdaine fall down at the feet of Sir Tristram and grovel there with joy.
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Mahmud tried to grovel at the captains feet, wailing to Allah and the Prophet.
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I will off into my Hell, and grovel there in fire for ever.'
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I've seen you grovel, and I've heard you whine, and what a man will do once he'll do again under like conditions.
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If Miss Sorel were going to be married, and leave for England, she wouldn't want a secretary long, so there was no need to grovel!
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WORDS RELATED TO GROVEL

  • bootlick
  • brown-nose
  • butter up
  • curry favor
  • flatter
  • grovel
  • kiss someone's feet
  • kowtow
  • lick someone's boots
  • suck up to
  • sweet-talk
  • toady
  • truckle
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