creep
 n.— «Oil companies have expanded existing facilities, adding capacity in a process known as creep. In 1994, for example, the nation’s capacity was 15 million barrels per day, 12.7 percent lower than it is now.» —“Hurricane damage points up need for more refineries” by David R. Baker San Francisco Chronicle (California) Oct. 2, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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