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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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As the lurker becomes distributed and outsourced to software, it is the government agencies, corporations, and small and large political and economic interests that lurk through continuous data gathering.
By following best practices noted above, attacks can be kept out of our virtual castle whether the evil lurks outside or from within.
But in that windswept smog lurks something even more exciting: clues to the origins of life on Earth.
However, no monster lurks on the other side, say officials at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a $600 million particle accelerator that took its first step toward full operation last month.
Scientists say the "cave robber" - which lurks in caves swinging on strands of silk snapping up prey with its oversized claws - is so significant it's been given its own family name of Trogloraptoridae.
Something evil lurks under the surface on the lovely island of Raven's Point, and unless it is put to rest, it will destroy everything and everyone in its path.
* SPACE SEA: What lurks beneath the crater-ridden surface of Jupiter's outermost moon Callisto?
The causes of this warming at the end of the Paleocene period have remained obscure, but three scientists think that the answer lurks beneath the soft ooze of the ocean floor.
While Miller doesn't delve much into the politics behind the Israeli-Palestine conflict, she gives the reader a feel for the dangers of daily life in Jerusalem, where war rages everywhere and death lurks around every corner.
Hailer of the University of Arizona in Tucson, gives new support to the notion that a black hole with a mass 1 million times that of the sun lurks at our galaxy's center.
His sons have his boat sunk by three drunken American teenagers, and the gods are playing with uncontrollable magic while evil lurks. What is the role of antiquity--and progress?
Crime, disaster and bereavement produce plenty of heartbreak, but a new study suggests that the single most significant trauma for city dwellers lurks on highways and streets.
Nick attends prep school in Manhattan and comes from a wealthy family--but, like Holden Caulfield, phonies and doubts beset him, and danger lurks at every turn.
But the map appears to show no single major gamma source at the center of the Milky Way, which may give less support for the idea that a black hole lurks at our galaxy's core, notes Carl E.