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on the prowl

1. Looking for someone to have sexual intercourse with. This bar is a favorite destination of young men and women out on the prowl.
2. Actively looking for someone or something. Usually followed by "for." I've been on the prowl for a new television that I can get for a good price.
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prowl around

To creep around in a stealthy or sneaky manner. I think someone is prowling around outside the house. I walked into the storage room and found Jeremy prowling around. What he was up to?
See also: around, prowl

prowl about

To creep around in a stealthy or sneaky manner. I think someone is prowling about outside the house. I walked into the storage room and found Jeremy prowling about. What he was up to?
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be on the prowl

1. To be looking for someone to have sexual intercourse with. This bar is a favorite destination of young men and women who are on the prowl.
2. To be actively looking for someone or something. Usually followed by "for." I've been on the prowl for a new television at a good price.
See also: on, prowl

go on the prowl

1. To be looking for someone to have sexual intercourse with. Now that I'm single, I plan to go on the prowl at the bar tonight.
2. To be actively looking for someone or something. Usually followed by "for." I went on the prowl for a new television at a good price but found nothing.
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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

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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be/go on the ˈprowl


1 (of animals) move around quietly while hunting for food: Our cats go on the prowl at night, and then they sleep here all day.
2 (of people) be moving around quietly because you are trying to catch somebody or intending to commit a crime: Look out for burglars on the prowl. If you see anything suspicious, call the police immediately.
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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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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.
The camera prowls through Los Angeles as the writer identifies long-gone night spots and notorious crime scenes with gusto.