edge away

edge away

To move slowly away from someone or something. I didn't want to agitate the dog any further, so I just edged away.
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edge away (from someone or something)

to move cautiously away from someone or something. We edged away from the dirty man in the ragged clothes. As others saw the gun, they edged away.
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References in classic literature ?
The Ghost has attained the southernmost point of the arc she is describing across the Pacific, and is already beginning to edge away to the west and north toward some lone island, it is rumoured, where she will fill her water-casks before proceeding to the season's hunt along the coast of Japan.
Morally, I fear, we must deteriorate - but this is a subject I may wisely edge away from.
On Sundays the churches were open--but where was there a church in which an ill-smelling workingman, with vermin crawling upon his neck, could sit without seeing people edge away and look annoyed?
You don't want to take the competitive edge away from a team either but we're giving away some silly penalties and they're the ones that we've got to cut out.
Forecaster Dave Reynolds, of The Weather Channel, said the system would edge away towards Europe.
Mahindra held a commanding 20-point lead, 34-14, in the first half but the Fuel Masters slowly chipped the edge away with veteran guard Cyrus Baguio steering them in the final period.
Both sides were looking to edge away from the foot of the table with Widnes occupying 14th spot and Chadderton just one place below, and it was the Oldham-based side who took all three points, and leapfrogged the Halton side in the process.
Chiappe overtook pole-sitter Selio on the 10th lap and began to edge away from his rivals.
Clancy was part of a four-rider group to edge away in the closing quarter of the race alongside Tobyn Horton, Mike Northey and Jon Mould, although the quartet were caught with two laps to go, setting up a 16-rider dash for the line on Pier Street.
The Hoops hope to edge away from the relegation zone when they face Everton at Goodison tonight.
The final was close and Wales trailed 3-0 before rallying to take the lead and slowly edge away to a 13-10 victory and lift the world men's blackball team championship title.
NEWCASTLE United's Women were denied the chance to edge away from the foot of the FA Women's Premier League table as the rain forced their relegation six-pointer at home to Leeds to be postponed.
Summary: London: Faint signs of movement in a US fiscal standoff helped the dollar edge away .
Bond markets were quiet, with Spanish and Italian debt making a little ground, while for currency investors the euro and yen eased against the dollar , which continued to edge away from last week's seven-week low.
As Palmer began to edge away at the front, Burns found himself in a scrap with championship leader Adam Jenkinson and Hudson Kennaugh for the podium spots.