Kerb crawler

Kerb crawler
Illustration of kerb crawling

A kerb crawler (or curb crawler) is a person who drives around areas known for street prostitution soliciting prostitutes for sex. The act is known as "kerb crawling" because the person will typically drive very slowly along the kerbside.

Kerb crawlers are widely regarded as a public nuisance because they help keep street prostitutes in business in red-light districts and often solicit pedestrians who are not prostitutes for sex, and as a result kerb-crawling is illegal in many jurisdictions.

Sting operations in which undercover police wait for kerb crawlers to proposition them are a common method for tackling kerb crawling. Kerb crawling is illegal in Canada, the United States, and Russia. Police may also collect license-plate numbers of vehicles that appear to be kerb crawling and may contact their registered owners.

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  • kerb-crawler — kerbˈ crawler noun Someone who drives along slowly with the intention of enticing people into the car, usu for sexual purposes • • • Main Entry: ↑kerb * * * ˈkerb crawler [kerb crawler kerb crawlers] ; …   Useful english dictionary

  • kerb crawler — kerb .crawler BrE curb crawler AmE n a man who drives his car slowly along the road looking for a ↑prostitute (=a women who has sex for money) >kerb crawling n [U] ▪ He was arrested for kerb crawling …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • kerb-crawler — kerb crawling ► NOUN Brit. ▪ the action of driving slowly along the edge of the road in search of a prostitute or to harass female pedestrians. DERIVATIVES kerb crawler noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Kerb Crawler — Infobox Single Name = Kerb Crawler Type = Single Artist = Hawkwind from Album = Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music B side = Honky Dorky Recorded = Roundhouse Studios, February 1976 Released = 16 July 1976 Format = 7 Vinyl record Genre = Space Rock… …   Wikipedia

  • kerb crawler — /ˈkɜb krɔlə/ (say kerb krawluh) noun Colloquial a person who drives slowly down a street to inspect streetwalkers before approaching one. {kerb + crawler} –kerb crawling, noun …   Australian-English dictionary

  • kerb crawler — BrE curb crawler AmE noun (C) a man who drives his car slowly along the road looking for a prostitute (=women who has sex for money) kerb crawling noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • kerb crawler — noun Someone who drives slowly along roads seeking sex from prostitutes or other women Syn: kerb crawling …   Wiktionary

  • kerb crawler — Noun. A person who drives slowly to view street prostitutes, with the intention of procuring their services. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • kerb crawler — noun someone who drives slowly along the curb seeking sex from prostitutes or other women • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑U.K., ↑Britain, ↑United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ↑Great Britain • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) kerb-crawler — British & Australian, American someone who drives slowly along a road looking for someone to have sex with. I don t like walking down this road at night it s full of prostitutes and kerb crawlers …   New idioms dictionary

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