edge away

edge away

To move slowly away from someone or something. I didn't want to agitate the dog any further, so I just edged away.
See also: away, edge

edge away (from someone or something)

to move cautiously away from someone or something. We edged away from the dirty man in the ragged clothes. As others saw the gun, they edged away.
See also: away, edge
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The Ghost has attained the southernmost point of the arc she is describing across the Pacific, and is already beginning to edge away to the west and north toward some lone island, it is rumoured, where she will fill her water-casks before proceeding to the season's hunt along the coast of Japan.
Morally, I fear, we must deteriorate - but this is a subject I may wisely edge away from.
On Sundays the churches were open--but where was there a church in which an ill-smelling workingman, with vermin crawling upon his neck, could sit without seeing people edge away and look annoyed?
But what do you make, then, of a customs officer?" [Poiret shuffles his feet and tries to edge away; Bixiou twists off one button and catches him by another.] "He is, from the bureaucratic point of view, a neutral being.
They netted four goals in their win over the Swans and look primed to finish their season strongly as they edge away from the drop zone.
"I'll never be someone who takes an edge away from a player because you take away a big chunk of his abilities.
In Division Three second-placed Junction lost at home to fourth placed 3D Dynamos, as Cumberworth in third beat Hade Edge away 5-1.
NORTHERN Ireland need to find a cutting edge away from home when they take on Bosnia and Herzegovina tonight facing the threat of relegation in the Nations League.
Forecaster Dave Reynolds, of The Weather Channel, said the system would edge away towards Europe.
Mahindra held a commanding 20-point lead, 34-14, in the first half but the Fuel Masters slowly chipped the edge away with veteran guard Cyrus Baguio steering them in the final period.
Both sides were looking to edge away from the foot of the table with Widnes occupying 14th spot and Chadderton just one place below, and it was the Oldham-based side who took all three points, and leapfrogged the Halton side in the process.
Chiappe overtook pole-sitter Selio on the 10th lap and began to edge away from his rivals.
The Hoops hope to edge away from the relegation zone when they face Everton at Goodison tonight.
NEWCASTLE United's Women were denied the chance to edge away from the foot of the FA Women's Premier League table as the rain forced their relegation six-pointer at home to Leeds to be postponed.
Summary: London: Faint signs of movement in a US fiscal standoff helped the dollar edge away ...