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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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prowl about

 and prowl around
to sneak around, looking for someone or something. Something is prowling about out there in the yard. There is someone outside prowling around.
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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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owl-prowl

n. a nighttime session of owl watching. (Bird watchers humor.) We went on an owl-prowl last night and spotted a spotted owl. It was a barn owl, but we spotted it.

on the prowl

Actively looking for something: salespeople on the prowl for better jobs.
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FELINE TIRED: Jade finds herself a lounger to have a cat-nap on; GOT THE CREAM: Jade rubs lotion on Dan; ON THE PROWL: Jade, in her leopard print thong, looks for her towel; SPOTTED: Cheeky Jagger junior prowls along the Ibiza beach; WEDDING PLAN: Dan; GLAMOUR PUSS: Jade is dressed to impress
Tabitha seems to be a gold diggin' superficial vixen on the prowl for a new conquest.
PROWL (Professional Women at Lunch) was set up two years ago by Chester accountants all woods with the aim of allowing female professionals and business movers and shakers to develop links with like-minded people.
His character, Joe, an East Village junkie on the prowl for his next fix of heroin, is so blotto from mainlining he can barely utter "pass the needle," let alone poke the women hankering to get into his pants.
HEAD-HUNTERS are to prowl the streets of Coventry looking for people ready to take on the ultimate challenge at the University of Warwick.
ON the prowl for dinner yesterday Kabus the Sumatran tiger sniffs around his new home.
A STUNNED dad and son claim to have seen a big cat on the prowl near a beach.
On many subjects, Malveaux and Perry simply prowl around the other's position as opposed to taking each other on.
He has shot hundreds of celebrities, and on that prowl he has had his share of run-ins with gay celebs both out and closeted.
LOS ANGELES -- Shoppers may not be the only ones gearing up for the online holiday shopping season: Thieves are expected to prowl cyber space in search of their own holiday bounty.
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The opening on Memorial Day weekend features the new Wildlife Preserve, where large land predators like lions, panthers and hyena prowl majestically in natural habitats.