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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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Masked man: Jackie Earle Haley's mysterious Rorschach prowls at night
The "fire" designates both the mother's passion and its product, a restless girl who prowls the volume in a red nightgown.
Charlie's not getting much sleep, and he looks it, In between waking reveries about his former boyfriend Chris (Matt Keeslar, a credible excuse for insomnia), Charlie prowls the city streets at night in search of a leather-jacketed stud (Samuel Ball) who "is fast approaching the flip side of sexy," In between chats with a sympathetic straight bartender (Josh Hamilton), Charlie vents his urban-queer frustrations at fast-talking panhandlers and the hetero couple upstairs who flaunt their sex life in his face.
Hordes of shoppers whisking from store to store, filling backseats with valuable merchandise, can unwittingly trigger a rise in car prowls.
He prowls post-9/11 Manhattan instead of swinging-'60s London and, like his forefather, still wants to shag everything in sight.
The European catfish, Silurus glanis, prowls by night.
Murgatroyd prowls the streets of Palmdale with a speed-measuring laser gun, concentrating on areas where residents have complained about speeding or other traffic problems.