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    jiaruchan is offline Member
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    Police [climbed under] the SUV ...

    Police climbed under the SUV and retrieved the VIN from the bottom of its engine block.

    Times Square bomb suspect arrested 'at last second' - CNN.com

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    The above line is excerpted from a CNN report on recent NYC bomb scare.

    My question is about the use of 'climb'. Do people say 'climb under', while my traditional understanding is that the act is always related to upward movement? Thank you.

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    Re: Police [climbed under] the SUV ...

    You can climb up and down.

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    Re: Police [climbed under] the SUV ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You can climb up and down.
    Right after posting the thread, I looked 'clime' up in the dictionary and began to regret it being posted.

    Anyway it was a good chance to learn. Thank you very much.

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