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Ali says she was like a wild beast, but he twisted her wrist and made her grovel in the dust.

The women shriek and swoon, grovel on the ground, and tear their hair.

But don't let him have her, don't let him be happy with her, while I grovel here in shame!

My clients came to me, singly and in pairs, to grovel and to implore.

Do you think that I have followed you here to grovel at your feet for mere whim?

Then we grovel in the dust of a million years, and ask God why.

He wished he could frighten her, force her to grovel, but someone might try to stop him from doing it.

So long as it continued to grovel in the depths, we could not think of setting out.

Are you to be happy, while I grovel in the intensity of my wretchedness?

And they grovel before me on the floor, placing all this plaything of a meal at my feet.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, Shakespearian back-formation of groveling (Middle English), regarded as a present participle but really an adverb, from Old Norse grufe "prone" + obsolete adverbial suffix -ling (which survives also as the -long in headlong, sidelong); first element from Old Norse a grufu "on proneness." Perhaps related to creep. Related: Groveled; grovelled; groveling; grovelling.

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