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prowl around

To move in a stealthy or sneaky manner within a certain area; to creep around. I think someone is prowling around outside the house. I walked into the storage room and found Jeremy prowling around. What he was up to?
See also: around, prowl
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It give me the cold shudders when he said them words, because right away I remembered about us seeing Uncle Silas prowling around with a long-handled shovel away in the night that night.
"What are you prowling around here this time of night for -- hey?"
"I warn't prowling around, sir, I fell overboard off of the steamboat."
Whymper once had on the Matterhorn when he was prowling around alone, five thousand feet above the town of Breil.
"'Tis some creature of the forest prowling around us in quest of food," he said, in a whisper, as soon as the low, and apparently distant sounds, which had startled the Mohicans, reached his own ears.
I tell you, trapper, if another Sioux is seen prowling around my camp, wherever it may be, he shall feel the contents of old Kentuck," slapping his rifle, in a manner that could not be easily misconstrued, "though he wore the medal of Washington,[*] himself.
"The world's a pretty low down place to have a thing like you prowling around in it, but it ain't so plumb low down, I reckon, as to let you put a hole in me.
THE chilling moment a family spotted what they believe to be a big cat prowling around gravestones in a village churchyard has been captured on camera.
Classic Album: The Crickets - The "Chirping" Crickets, BBC Four, 9pm Code 37: Sex Crimes More4, 9pm A masked man has been prowling around the city, car-jacking and sexually assaulting women, and two of his victims identify Kevin as the culprit.
As suspects emerge and secrets hit close to home, Hannah must serve a hefty helping of justice to an unnamed killer prowling around Lake Eden before someone takes a slice out of her!
People in the area could not venture out into the forests and the fields because the tiger was prowling around.
AVICIOUS killer is prowling around Pembroke, determined to see off any threat to his territory by ruthlessly drowning his victims.
Closed circuit TV shows a hooded figure prowling around the stadium corridors trying doors and rifling through boxes, before being surprised by the security guard.
A MIDNIGHT fox prowling around the slinky farms Never for one moment thinks, "This is not my land", A baby lying in his mother's loving arms, Never fears he has fallen into the wrong hands, It might be right to argue when somebody else Attempts to pull one over on what's rightfully yours, But is it wise to fight the cards that have been dealt By the Almighty, who it's said angels adore?