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  • First by the fella who spotted her—he was staggering home from a party half scuttered, having a piss through the railings when he saw her.

    The Priest

  • Strangulated squeaks, beeps and atonal, dying samba rhythms scuttered into life.

    Simon Boccanegra; 63rd Aldeburgh festival

  • And so Gregor, terrified, scuttered backwards to the other end of the settee, but was unable to prevent the front of the sheet from stirring slightly.

    The Metamorphosis, in The Penal Colony,and Other Stories

  • Startled, he jumped up though he was almost dozing, and scuttered back under the settee.

    The Metamorphosis, in The Penal Colony,and Other Stories

  • I dropped into a shrub hedge on the other side and, in a half crouch, scuttered across the deserted cloister and along the convent wall.

    The Book of Unholy Mischief

  • However, the Abbe presently came out, and at a word from him the witches scuttered down the stairs at his heels, leaving Francoise alone with her mistress.

    A Second Home

  • My imagination was running riot; I could have sworn that hideous yellow eyes glared terribly at me from the darkness, and that a crawling something had scuttered away down the tunnel.

    People of the Dark

  • The staff pinwheeled away in one direction while the wooden snake scuttered in the other.

    The Brothers' War

  • In front of us, a pregnant goat bleated as it scuttered out of the path of an oncoming matatu.

    Dreams From My Father

  • Some hung on almost invisible silken threads like obscene plumb-bobs; others simply dropped on the floor in a series of muddy plops and scuttered eagerly over to greet him.

    The Waste Lands

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