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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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I should have prowled the doctors' surgery or even better, A&E.
Part of the movie was filmed at Charlecote Park, near Stratford - reputed to have been prowled by The Bard centuries ago, when, legend says, he went poaching there.
Indeed, Sir David has certainly proved he deserved a knighthood - as he was willing to sit in a jeep in the middle of the desert in the middle of the night and watch as a lion prowled within inches of him
A nocturnal criminal, the suspect prowled and burglarized his victims' neighborhoods days, and sometimes weeks, prior to his attacks.
England was at war with France in 1793, and press gangs from the warships prowled Guildford pubs.
In her analysis, white markings around the eyes, like the crescents under a tiger's eyes, often appear in lineages of nocturnal predators that prowled dense forests.
A TOMCAT in a suburban neighborhood prowled by moonlight, yowling and screeching in pursuit of ever more amorous adventures.
Algorithmic, or rules-based trading, once a territory prowled only by sophisticated statistical arbitrage funds, has hit the mainstream big time.
A TEENAGE gunman prowled the aisles of a supermarket terrifying staff before mooning them from the car park.
Bradley was transferred Tuesday to Santa Barbara County, where his arraignment is scheduled next month on charges that he prowled around his Ventura neighborhood while drunk.
He had two noisy muscle cars splotched with patches of primer paint that he prowled around town in, two male roommates I never laid eyes on, and a tiny little room of his own.
Even if there's little chance of catching the suspect, alerting the police can help prevent somebody else's car from being prowled.
Dressed in wide-brimmed fedora, shiny red pants and tank-top T-shirt, the 28-year-old prowled the stage with his hand-held microphone, delivering the album tracks ``Cowboy'' and ``I Am the Bullgod,'' pausing only to strap on a guitar for a couple of the record's ballads.
Eisenhuth prowled the back roads of El Dorado County hunting bootleggers and speeders in his 1922 Hupmobile patrol car, an early predecessor to today's high performance CHP vehicles.