scuttle away

scuttle away

To depart or flee with short, hurried movements. I nearly jumped out of my chair when I lifted up the basket and saw a cockroach scuttle away. The mice all scuttled away as soon as I turned on the lights.
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scuttle away

[for a small animal] to run away. The otters scuttled away as we approached. A skunk scuttled away quickly—thank heavens.
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All round this garden, in the uncultivated parts, red partridges ran about in conveys among the brambles and tufts of junipers, and at every step of the comte and Raoul a terrified rabbit quitted his thyme and heath to scuttle away to the burrow.
Warren Gatland's men couldn't get a foothold in the game until a moment of magic saw Gareth Davies scuttle away from the clutches of a number of England defenders to get Wales on the board.
Warren Gatland's men couldn't get a foothold in the game until a moment of magic saw Gareth Davies scuttle away from a number of England defenders to get Wales on the board.
Under any other circumstances, I'd quickly scuttle away, but today I have to stay put, because this hard-nosed mobster is the very person I've planned to meet.
Its no surprise that the 12,000 foreign trusts registered in New Zealand has wilted to around 3000 after IRDs deadline for more information has passed.Labour has been consistent in our belief that plenty of rats would scuttle away when you shine some light on these foreign trusts.
And while Hannah, 23, told him the facts from her hired boat, he was able to scuttle away.
Summary: When hiking through an aging natural forest, did you ever accidentally burst your foot through an old log and see the wood fibers crumble while bugs and worms scuttle away into the moss or wiggle around your hiking boot?
But Quigg then caught him with a fast right on the ropes - the best punch of the fight so far - and Frampton had to scuttle away to safety.
But will you care about that when one is scaring passers-by from your driveway, causing dawdlers to scuttle away from your path in the outside lane or frightening children and small animals when you park outside the dry cleaners?
Many a family day is happily spent visiting them, taking the chance to feed them and watching them scuttle away to hide the odd monkey nut or hold them in their tiny paws as they nibbles away at this welcome treasure.
They think such a scenario is highly unlikely, especially if you sleep next to someone who snores; for a spider, according to the same experts, the vibration of snoring is like experiencing an earthquake; they just scuttle away on hearing it.
If you speak to a stranger in the city they scuttle away in case you are about to mug them.
He says the creatures may have evolved the ability to help them scuttle away under rocks, the Daily Mail.
Part of you may have felt the desire to scuttle away and hide in the sand or have you come out fighting, inflicting a nip with your mighty claws?
Some software professionals scuttle away from me when I suggest that as many as two-thirds of enterprise software projects are either over budget or don't work.