slink away


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slink away

to creep or slither away furtively. The fox slunk away, leaving the henhouse as quietly as such a thing is possible. I hope that the skunk will slink away as quietly as it came.
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slink away

Also, slink off. Depart furtively, as in The shoplifter slipped an item into his coat pocket and slunk away, or After that severe scolding, she slunk off. This term employs slink in the sense of "move stealthily," a usage dating from the late 1300s.
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And the one where it's never occurred to the children to actually deliver a 'trick' if they don't get a treat; instead they simply slink away with sad little faces to go Halloween.
And still others try to slink away from the lights while clothed in the drab, everyday disguise of bureaucratic double-speak, as happened at a State Department press conference in Washington on Monday, at which a reporter wondered how America, once the leader of a global war on terrorism, would respond to the announcement of a Palestinian unity government that would include Hamas, which the State Department has clearly and repeatedly designated as a global terrorist organization.
12 ( ANI ): Researchers have found that Wild Asian elephants slink away when they hear a tiger roar but trumpet and growl before retreating from leopard growls.
It is supposed to come from the French word esquiver, meaning to dodge or slink away.
Would they slink away into the shadows and drop the scheme?
If you slink away, he may assume you're stuck up (not shy) and not be bold enough himself to approach you again.
Let them leave if they wish, but before they slink away let's make sure they pay their dues.
1948 She's a survivalist Scorpio, the sign noted for being able to slink away from the worst of disasters, go into a quiet cocoon, then re-emerge, reinvented.
The cats slink away to sleep while a city wakes up to another day.
As the mother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie she cannot slink away quietly.
There are two types of activists: those who revel in the spotlight, and those who would rather slink away from it when the speech is over.
They'd let them slink away naturally into piles of papers, files marked "miscellaneous," or junk drawers.
The only bad news about the treatment handed out to the members of Bristol's Hanham Athletic FC is that they were allowed to slink away in their thongs and thigh-high outfits without further charge.
Luckily I am virtually invisible in crowds, so no one noticed me slink away and go to the head of the line to sign books.
In that situation you can slink away and don't play because it's getting you down.