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Colwood Crawl | phenomenon | A catchy nickname (common usage circa 2009) for the rush hour traffic that suffocates the stretch of Highway 1 near the City of Colwood on its way to Victoria.

Usage: “Hey, is there any chance we can reschedule the thing for a little later today? I’m stuck in the Colwood Crawl…”

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