on the prowl


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on the prowl

1. Looking for someone to have sexual intercourse with. This bar is a favorite destination of young men and women out on the prowl.
2. Actively looking for someone or something. Usually followed by "for." I've been on the prowl for a new television that I can get for a good price.
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on the prowl (for something)

1. In the process of seeking something one wants or needs. I'm on the prowl for a new car, if you know of anyone who is selling theirs.
2. Looking for someone with whom one can have sexual intercourse. This part of town always fills up with college boys out on the prowl, so I tend to avoid it at this time of night. Janet went on the prowl for a one night stand.
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on the prowl

looking for someone for sexual purposes. (Alludes to a prowling cat.) Tom looks like he is on the prowl again tonight. That whole gang of boys is on the prowl. Watch out.
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on the prowl

Actively looking for something, as in Their underpaid computer programmers are always on the prowl for better jobs. This idiom transfers an animal's search for prey to human pursuits that are usually less bloodthirsty. [c. 1800]
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on the prowl

mod. looking for someone for sexual purposes, in the manner of a prowling cat. Tom looks like he is on the prowl again tonight.
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on the prowl

Actively looking for something: salespeople on the prowl for better jobs.
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