on the prowl


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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

1. actively looking for a romantic or sexual partner Divorce isn't the only subject to avoid when you're on the prowl.
2. actively trying to achieve something Officials see the country as a competitor that's on the prowl to grab every export market within reach.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of prowl (to move quietly while hunting)
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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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