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Crab-faced

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Crab-faced having a sour, peevish countenance
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. crabba; Ger. krabbe.

Usage

In literature:

Maggie went in to find old Martha with her crabbed face watching her sourly.
"The Captives" by Hugh Walpole
The sailor's grim face appeared a moment later, emerging like the face of a hermit-crab from its shell.
"The Vultures" by Henry Seton Merriman
There was something about the whole face as crabbed, sour, and unkind as if she had daily bathed it in vinegar.
"Gerfaut, Complete" by Charles de Bernard
Crab faces gowns with sundry furs; 'tis known, II.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Try a little of that crab apple cider, and lay on your face, and see if you can't go to sleep.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
With glad expressions on their faces, the party ran down to the edge of the water and gathered up great masses of clams and crabs.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
The crab imperial arrived, and the riddle of the familiar face was forgotten in a new taste treat.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
At last one of them with a crabbed face roughly rebuked her.
"Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance." by Friedrich von Hardenberg
She will need somebody besides that sour-faced, crabbed old pair that is with her.
"The Cottage of Delight" by Will N. Harben
So the crabs with face-like shells have more babies.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
On my return, I noticed that, though everybody wore a crabbed face against me, something had happened to their satisfaction.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first" by Count Carlo Gozzi
Ecks was executing a series of caricatures illustrating the involution of Hodgkins' face back into a crab-apple.
"The Incendiary" by W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
She was little and old, with a queer, wrinkled face like a dried-up crab-apple.
"The Brownies and Prince Florimel" by Palmer Cox
Frost; and Hall, the crabbed woman with the cross face, made a mean substitute.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Mrs. Cramp turned her face from it, and went on sideways, like a crab.
"Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

That night there was the splash of a fall
Over the slimy harbour-wall:
They searched, and at the deepest place
Found him with crabs upon his face.
"The Newcomer's Wife" by Thomas Hardy
Wings of the gull I watch or claws
Of the cold crab whose strangeness awes:
Faces of men that feel the force
Of a hid thing they call life's course:
It is their hoping or remorse.
"The Athiest" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

" Blackbeard the Pirate", played by Kenna Ogle, and King Crab, played by Cora Cooper, face off during a Missoula Children's Theater production in Broken Bow last Saturday.
Turns out terrestrial hermit crabs or land hermit crabs face a shortage of snail shells, while ocean crabs enjoy an abundance of them, which is why land crabs have evolved in this new and unexpected way.
On a beautiful Labor Day holiday, the Maryland Terrapins (1-0) and Navy Midshipman (0-1) faced off in the Crab Bowl in Baltimore, Md.
Swifty's is where New York City's bold-faced names go for comfort and crab cakes.
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