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scamper along

1. To run or bound forward or onward in a quick, sprightly, and nimble manner. The adults chatted while we walked together on the hike, and the kids all scampered along ahead of us. The dogs had great fun scampering along in the park.
2. To run or bound over the length of some route or path in a quick, sprightly, and nimble manner. The rabbit scampered along the chain-link fence until it found a gap it could escape through. You're going to fall and hurt yourself if you keep scampering along the edge of the pool like that!
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scamper away

To flee in a very quick, sprightly, and nimble manner. The children all scampered away when we called them inside for dinner. Be careful opening the doors, because the puppy likes to scamper away if he gets the chance.
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scamper along

[for a child or small animal] to run along nimbly. The rabbit scampered along, unaware that a fox was following it. It is time for Timmy to scamper along home.
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scamper away

[for a child or small animal] to run away nimbly. The rabbit scampered away across the lawn. The children scampered away when they heard the teacher coming.
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References in classic literature ?
But there was that in him deeper than all the law he had learned, than the customs that had moulded him, than his love for the master, than the very will to live of himself; and when, in the moment of his indecision, Collie nipped him and scampered off, he turned and followed after.
A romp in the drawing-room and never mind the furniture, or a scamper in the fresh, cool air, a scud across the fields and down the hill, and won't we let old Gaffer Goggles' geese know what time o' day it is, neither!
In stories of ghosts and murderers they scamper through the echoing rooms, and the gnawing of their teeth is heard behind the wainscot, and their gleaming eyes peer through the holes in the worm-eaten tapestry, and they scream in shrill, unearthly notes in the dead of night, while the moaning wind sweeps, sobbing, round the ruined turret towers, and passes wailing like a woman through the chambers bare and tenantless.
In this garden adventure with a surprising scientific twist, a mouse, Scampers, uses the powers of observation, investigation, and methodical research skills to save hungry mice from a fierce owl standing guard over the fruits and vegetables.
Scampers mother and toddler group held a coffee morning at Scapegoat Hill Baptist Church on Friday.
With each answer, a turtle scampers about, while pitched sound effects underscore his antics--a distraction from the note's sound.
If a rat scampers over your feet, you're considered blessed.