Crawfish



[kraw-fish] /ˈkrɔˌfɪʃ/

noun, plural (especially collectively) crawfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) crawfishes.
1.
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verb (used without object), crawfished, crawfishing.
2.
Informal. to back out or retreat from a position or undertaking.
/ˈkrɔːˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
a variant (esp US) of crayfish (sense 2)
n.

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.

verb

To renege; retreat; back out: He started to crawfish when he realized who the competition was (1842+)

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