Definitions of Crouching


Crouching is a term that can come from the verb crouching: to lie in wait, to be on the alert or to wait to surprise someone. In this way, who is crouched, is watching another subject and is ready to act.

For example: “Investigators believe that the murderer crouched waiting for his victim, hidden in the vegetation”, “When a lion is crouching, it is because it is waiting for a prey to attack”, “Crouched behind the fence, the young man made time until they allowed him to enter the property ”.

Generally, the person who is crouched does not want to be seen. Her intention is to surprise someone with a goal. If he is a criminal, when he is crouching he pretends to be able to carry out an attack without being seen and, thus, not meet the resistance of the victim. Suppose a woman is inserting the key into the door of her house when suddenly a thief jumps from behind a flowerpot and pounces on it. By crouching, the criminal took advantage of the surprise factor and found his victim defenseless.

The animals also tend to hunker to hunt. A leopard can stay crouched waiting for a deer to feed. When he discovers that one of these animals is not attentive, he proceeds to catch it.

The dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), on the other hand, mentions that, in Costa Rica, crouching is an adjective that can be used as a synonym for hypocrite (a term that qualifies those who pretend to feel something that, in reality, they do not feel).

Within the field of culture we find different works that use the term in question in their titles. This would be the case, for example, of the book “A man squatting”, by OC Tavin, or the novel “The wild horse squatting under the stove”. This last book is the work of author Christoph Hein.

In the same way, we cannot overlook the existence of a well-known film that uses the same adjective in its title. We are referring to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, which in Spain was promoted as “Tiger & Dragon”.

It is a film by director Ang Lee, released in 2000 and which is the film adaptation and namesake of the fourth novel in the series “Iron Pentalogy” by writer Wang Dulu.

In the same way, we cannot ignore that squatting is also a term that is used within the sports field. Specifically, they often talk about squat soccer. This is used to refer to the game system carried out by the teams that remain especially strong in defense and that are waiting for any error or oversight of their rival to carry out a powerful counterattack that could end in goal.

In addition, also within the football sector, the aforementioned expression is used to mention the teams that seem to be waiting for their most direct rivals in the fight for a championship to make a mistake to take advantage of the situation and to overcome them in the classification.