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I found the following sample sentence in an Anki deck:

食い意地のはった少年は料理を全部たいらげた。
The greedy little child ate all the food.

I am wondering what the function of はった is here. The meaning of the sentence would not seem to change if it were omitted. Is this the verb 這う? If so, is the sense "crawling with greed" in the way that "crawling with" is used figuratively in English to mean 'covered in'?

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