...that "creep" north from the shores of Lake Neuchâtel

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Wookie

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Korea, Korean
Three generations, beginning with his grandfather, had labeled their baked goods “de Champagne,” after their Swiss village, nestled among the vineyards that creep north from the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. (source)

What is the definition of "creep" used in the example?
 
  • breatheeasy

    Senior Member
    U.S. - English
    I believe it's a metaphorical use of this definition: "to move along with the body prone and close to the ground," leaving you with this definition: "to grow along the ground, a wall, etc., as a plant."

    Just a figurative use of saying the vineyards that start at the shores of Lake Neuchâtel, and go/move/spread North.

    Hope it helps. :)
     
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