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Crawl (2)

noun; analogy
A gathering of people where people do an activity (drinking, visiting museums, eating, etc.) in one set time period.
 
Used most often in the context of “pub crawl” where people go to several different bars in one night, but now can generally be used as just the act of people going from place to place, doing any activity — the term has broadened from its original definition to include several different contexts as opposed to just a context regarding alcohol. This term likely broadened to include these context because the idea of a pub crawl is generally seen as fun, so by describing your museum-hopping event as a museum crawl has a fun connotation and makes it sound more appealing, instead of calling it just an event or gathering.
Etymology : “Pub crawl” probably came about because after attending many bars, the participants may be crawling because they are so inebriated. From there, the term “crawl” became recognized as a noun, and the meaning broadened to the activity of going from one place to another to do any activity, and not just drinking.
Source : “Deadline TONIGHT — Innovation Career Crawl’’ —an email from the CCD on 10/1/17
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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