scuttle away

scuttle away

[for a small animal] to run away. The otters scuttled away as we approached. A skunk scuttled away quickly—thank heavens.
See also: away, scuttle
References in classic literature ?
All round this garden, in the uncultivated parts, red partridges ran about in conveys among the brambles and tufts of junipers, and at every step of the comte and Raoul a terrified rabbit quitted his thyme and heath to scuttle away to the burrow.
But will you care about that when one is scaring passers-by from your driveway, causing dawdlers to scuttle away from your path in the outside lane or frightening children and small animals when you park outside the dry cleaners?
Many a family day is happily spent visiting them, taking the chance to feed them and watching them scuttle away to hide the odd monkey nut or hold them in their tiny paws as they nibbles away at this welcome treasure.
Most expected Scottish to fade after the break but, after Newton had kicked a penalty, they were gifted a try when wing Peter Homan intercepted a Chris Clayton pass to scuttle away for a converted try and a surprise 13-10 lead.
If you speak to a stranger in the city they scuttle away in case you are about to mug them.
He says the creatures may have evolved the ability to help them scuttle away under rocks, the Daily Mail.
Part of you may have felt the desire to scuttle away and hide in the sand or have you come out fighting, inflicting a nip with your mighty claws?
Some software professionals scuttle away from me when I suggest that as many as two-thirds of enterprise software projects are either over budget or don't work.
It was difficult to be sure whether the players who dashed on the team bus soon after the match were really in a rush to attend Saturday night's Amir Khan bout, or simply desperate to scuttle away and put this humilation behind them.
They look as if they could scuttle away before your very eyes.
Most people would pass a customary glance and then scuttle away to avoid conversation, but not McCain I saw him at Bangor recently, firstly in the winner's enclosure talking to strangers in the crowd, and later laughing and joking with his family.
Grazioli pounced to scuttle away and coolly win his one-on-one with keeper Taylor.
Have no fear, they return home safely as early morning walks reveal the trail often with long-tailed, beady-eyed creatures enjoying the feast, stubbornly refusing to scuttle away when one passes.
But not John, he tended to scuttle away with his head down in the hopes of not being recognised.
I'd scuttle away embarrassed and everyone would laugh at me.