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lurk

slang To peruse or frequent an online community, such as a forum, message board, or comment section, without leaving a comment or post of one's own. I've been lurking on this site since the early 2000s, but recently I've felt motivated to contribute some of my own writing. There are a vocal minority on here who will shout down dissenting opinions, but I think most of the people lurking on our site are actually pretty tolerant and reasonable.

lurk around

To move or hang about (some place) in a suspicious, sneaking, or slinking manner. I had this horrible feeling someone was lurking around outside our house, so I called the police. This is the second time this month I've seen that guy lurking around—does anyone know who he is?
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lurk around

to slink or sneak around somewhere. Who is that guy lurking around the building? Stop lurking around.
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lurk

in. to read computer newsgroups or forums without ever making a comment. I’ve been lurking for a few weeks but just have to get in a few comments.
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Furthermore, some argued that the Amazon recommendation system, among other innovations, was designed specifically for lurkers: The buyer lurks at what products others bought or thought about buying (Nonnecke & Preece, 2000).
Youngsters should not be left alone to dodge the sick spiders who lurk at the heart of the Web.
A snake subjected to such vexations sometimes slithers off to lurk somewhere else.
The Lurk wants to know everyone's name and what their interests are.
Aly must use her magic to protect her charges and to help the rebel group, as dangers lurk everywhere.
They are the planets that lurk beyond the realm of our own solar system--and are sometimes so strange that they challenge our very definition of the word planet.
Taylor's newest novel takes readers back to the 19th-century London of Shadowmancer where fantasy and fact intertwine, creating a dark world where both angels and demons lurk among the shadows.
That's led many physicians to suspect that heart trouble may lurk on the horizon for people taking drugs to control their HIV infection.
In this way, they could determine how black holes that lurk at the hearts of these galaxies evolved over time.
In another proposal, middleweights formed outright early in the universe and will ultimately pack on enough mass to become supermassive black holes, like the one believed to lurk at the core of our own galaxy.
What prompts some females to lurk for takeover opportunities while others build nests?
Dominic Onions, 50, lurked outside the men's toilets looking for a young child to target, Durham Crown Court heard.
The light from this Hot DOG, which lurks in the constellation Aquarius, took 12.4 billion years to reach Earth.
We return to the spooky Eel Marsh House as a group of evacuees and their teachers arrive to escape the Blitz, where a fate worse than the Luftwaffe's bombs lurks.