noun, plural (especially collectively) crawfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) crawfishes.
verb (used without object), crawfished, crawfishing.
Informal. to back out or retreat from a position or undertaking.
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
a variant (esp US) of crayfish (sense 2)
1620s, generally dismissed by British etymologists as a 19c. American English variant of crayfish, but perhaps it existed in Middle English. Also in 19c. American English as a verb, “to back out,” in reference to the creature’s movements.
To renege; retreat; back out: He started to crawfish when he realized who the competition was (1842+)
- Crawford long
[lawng, long] /lɔŋ, lɒŋ/ noun 1. Crawford Williamson [wil-yuh m-suh n] /ˈwɪl yəm sən/ (Show IPA), 1815–78, U.S. surgeon. 2. Huey Pierce [hyoo-ee] /ˈhyu i/ (Show IPA), 1893–1935, U.S. politician: governor of Louisiana 1928–31; U.S. senator 1931–35. 3. Russell B(illiu) [bil-yoo] /ˈbɪl yu/ (Show IPA), 1918–2003, U.S. lawyer and politician: U.S. senator 1948–87 (son of […]
[kraw-ferdz-vil] /ˈkrɔ fərdzˌvɪl/ noun 1. a city in W central Indiana.
[krawl] /krɔl/ verb (used without object) 1. to move in a prone position with the body resting on or close to the ground, as a worm or caterpillar, or on the hands and knees, as a young child. 2. (of plants or vines) to extend tendrils; creep. 3. to move or progress slowly or laboriously: […]
[kraw-ler] /ˈkrɔ lər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. Also called crawler tractor. any of various large, heavy vehicles or machines that are propelled on endless belts or tracks, especially as used in construction. 3. . 4. Often, crawlers. a garment with long pants, short sleeves or suspender straps, and sometimes feet […]