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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycreep up on
he/she/itcreeps up on
present participlecreeping up on
past tensecrept up on
past participlecrept up on
  1. 2
    creep up on someone if something creeps up on you, it happens slowly or gradually so that you do not notice it happening

    It's funny how old age suddenly creeps up on you.

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