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sidle away (from someone or something)

to avoid someone or something by moving to the side; to ease away from someone or something. The cowboy sidled away from the bar and drew his gun. He sidled away and snuck out the door.
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sidle up (to someone or something)

to move close to someone or something cautiously or furtively; to move closer to someone or something gradually. Tex sidled up to Dolly and said howdy in a soft, shy voice. Dolly sidled up and picked the cowboy's pocket.
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sidle up

To advance in an unobtrusive, furtive, or coy way: At the train station, swindlers sidled up to the tourists.
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So how's that going to work when it sidles up to a hot chick at the zoo?
Sidles of the University of Washington in Seattle proposed that MRI might be pushed to make measurements on the nuclear scale (SN: 3/7/92, p.
Such precise MRI, Sidles notes, could be a boon to molecular biology by providing a way to determine the structures of proteins as they function in living cells with out first extracting and crystallizing them, as today's techniques require.
If a little chap wearing a pinstripe kilt sidles up and tries to get into the shot when the photographers are jostling for position on the big night, give him a quick prod with your bow.
BEYONCE sidles up to Santa to give him her Christmas wish list at LA's Universal Studios.
At one point he flirtatiously sidles up behind the former Dynasty star and puts his arms around her waist to tie her apron.
Chat: TFI FRIDAY: In the irreverent chat and music show, Ivana Trump sidles up to the ginger one Chris Evans to reveal what it takes to be famous.
Sidles of the orthopedics department at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle (SN: 3/7/92, p.
The heart which slips and sidles like a stream Weighed down by winter-wreckage near its source - But given time, and come the clearing rain, Breaks loose to revel in its proper course.
The Big O heads out to the Big Country, Texas, where she sidles up to Mr Dirty Dancing himself, Patrick Swayze, above.
Rugar and Sidles described progress toward this goal in separate presentations at this week's American Physical Society meeting, held in Seattle.
FAT CHANCE: Har sidles up to Kate; SNOG: Har gets Kate in a clinch
Sidles presents the theoretical basis of his proposed technique in the Feb.
PARTY: David Ginola sidles up to British actress Minnie Driver
He sidles up to Raquel (Sarah Lancashire) and ladles on the charm with a trowel.