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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Tuckle's crimson livery, that gentleman looked majestic for a few seconds, but gradually edging away from the fire, broke into a forced smile, and said it wasn't bad.
But not a bit daunted, Queequeg steered us manfully; now sheering off from this monster directly across our route in advance; now edging away from that, whose colossal flukes were suspended overhead, while all the time, Starbuck stood up in the bows, lance in hand, pricking out of our way whatever whales he could reach by short darts, for there was no time to make long ones.
And at this stage of the run, when the evening is closing in already, no one remarks whether you run a little cunning or not; so you should stick to those crafty hounds who keep edging away to the right, and not follow a prodigal like young Brooke, whose legs are twice as long as yours and of cast- iron, wholly indifferent to one or two miles more or less.
Edging away from the drop zone will be the priority for Audax Italiano, though.
He offers dispatches from a busybody edging away from a stifling home life, away from parents unsettled in their own skin displaced and unsure of their new homeland and haunted by the old one.
The outlook for the rest of the week sees the wintry blast edging away from the British Isles as we head in to the New Year.
Newcastle Uni are slowly edging away from the danger zone and the Students had James Monk, Jacob Bunn and Jordan Cross fire in during an important victory at struggling Wooler.
However, the leaders were edging away and midway through the race Al Mansouri pounced to snatch the lead from Azzam, where he stayed until the chequered flag on lap 12, finishing a mere 0.182 of a second clear.
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Mr Gray seems to make my point for me, he is free to call the monarch a hypocrite and nothing will happen to him, other than people edging away from him in the Post Office queue, whereas, in Russia, he claims, a pop group is being prosecuted for dissent.
Abu Dhabi's index inched up 0.04 per cent to 2,692 points, edging away from Sunday's two-week low.
FULHAM boss Roy Hodgson reckons his side can start aiming for glory in the Europa League after edging away from the threat of relegation in the Premiership.
The cow knew what was happening and didn't like it; she began edging away to the other side of the stall, and I had to follow after her, stumbling with the stool and the bucket.