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.
See also: away, slink
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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.
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.
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.
There is an unpleasant snobbery abroad in our newspapers along the lines that Ms Goody should shut up and slink away to die in the corner lest details of her apparently rampant cancer gives us all the vapours.
Sunset over the Jebel Hafeet mountain is beautiful and you can't find a nicer place to watch the sun slink away than from the Mixed African Exhibit, where the zebras, ostriches, wildebeest and giraffes mingle in harmony.
In that situation you can slink away and don't play because it's getting you down.
Griffiths told the man, in no uncertain terms, to get lost, and as he watched the offender slink away, Griffiths noticed that the boy was comforting his father.
They refused to slink away with excuses, and they had plenty of them.
But if Banning and Gurley were expected to issue a tearful mea culpa and slink away, that's not what happened.
Part of me wanted to slink away, but she urged me to sit down and introduced me to some of the others.
self-conscious and guilt-ridden, all I wanted to do was slink away, and quickly.