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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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These burglars are prowling around Newburn looking to smash their way into peoples' sheds and steal their belongings and it's not acceptable.
It was just prowling like cats prowl - exactly like that but bigger.
At this point, the defendant was arrested and charged with loitering and prowling and transported to the SSO jail.
Kevin Hamersley, 24, had been celebrating a friend's 21st birthday in Bournemouth when he spotted a puma prowling the West Cliff at 4.
Book 1 in the "Hattie Marshall Frontier Adventures" series, Hattie Marshall And The Prowling Panther is a young adult novel about a twelve-year-old girl for whom frontier life can be scary.
When the prowling aerialist senses the faint echoes bouncing off one of these prey, he turns toward the target, quickens his chirp rate, and homes in for the kill.
Dalton: a big cat has been spotted prowling on wasteland near the Syngenta factory off Long Lane.
According to the Government unemployment levels are at a low level, so why do I see lots of unemployed youths and females prowling Stockton's streets during the working day.
There has been a spate of walk-in burglaries in Binley, Willenhall and Ernesford Grange over the past few weeks where the prowling thief has been able to get in through an unlocked front or back door, often while the householders are asleep or watching TV.
He is of white or mixed race, above-average intelligence, not verbally confident with women, and may have had previous arrests for nuisance offenses, such as peeping, prowling, or possibly burglary.
To the perceptive eye, men engage in early-evening cruising by prowling the train station, Opera Park, some of the hotels catering to foreigners, and the wooded lanes of Cismigiu Gardens.
Newsweek described the Khmer Rouge as prowling through the humid jungles around Phnom Penh.
And how irreverent is the company's Dying Swan, which opens with a searchlight prowling the stage while the ballerina enters in the dark.
It has been this writer's experience that a clear understanding of Florida's loitering and prowling statute, F.
How we forget Biloxi, Mississippi, a decade before, where no witnesses spoke to cameras, how a brown man in army uniform was pulled from the bus by police when he sneered at the custom of the back seat, how the magistrate proclaimed a week in jail and went back to bed with a shot of whiskey, how the brownskinned soldier could not sleep as he listened for the prowling of his jailers, the muttering and cardplaying of the hangmen they might become.