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noun     creep pronunciation in British English
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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

    Something that all drivers experience is the gradual creep of the development of bad habits.

    the inevitable creep of urban sprawl

  3. 3
    [singular] used after some other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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