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noun creep pronunciation in British English /kriːp/
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  1. 1
    [countable] informal an unpleasant person, especially someone who tries to please or impress people in authority

    I thought he was a nasty little creep.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a slow and gradual change or movement
  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

    The least accepting of the Christmas creep was the 45 to 60 age group.

    Submitted by Kerry from United Kingdom on 12/08/2015


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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