Is there a verb describing someone on his elbows and buttocks, struggling to escape?

I’m trying to describe a scene where a man wakes up and is scared by something in front of him. He’s in a lying/propped-up position, and he tries to move away from the object. All I could think of is “scram” or “thrash”, but there aren’t many examples where either of these words is used in the context “He was on his elbows trying to ____ away from the object”. Is there a better verb to describe this motion? Thanks a lot for your help 😀


You could use scoot

He was on his elbows trying to scoot away from the object.

Merriam Webster defines it as:

2 : to slide especially while seated

Here are some examples of usage:

I scooted backwards, still on my butt and lower back
Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter


[Olig’] tripped and fell over, landing hard on his back in the middle of the road. […] and Olig’, fearing for his life, scooted backwards like jisduh, the crawdad.
Robert J. Conley’s The Peace Chief: A Novel of the Real People

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