sidle away

sidle away (from someone or something)

To move gradually, inconspicuously, or surreptitiously away from someone or something. I began sidling away from him one he started spouting political extremisms. He started feeling uncomfortable at the party, so he sidled away as soon as everyone's attention was on the host.
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sidle away (from someone or something)

to avoid someone or something by moving to the side; to ease away from someone or something. The cowboy sidled away from the bar and drew his gun. He sidled away and snuck out the door.
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References in classic literature ?
Here I am, commander!" cries Phil, who has started from his chair and unaccountably begun to sidle away. "If a mark's wanted, or if it will improve the business, let the customers take aim at me.
"She brought Bobbie--he's a fine boy now." Ralph observed, with an amusement that had a tinge of irony in it, that she was now going to sidle away quickly from this dangerous approach to intimacy on to topics of general and family interest.
Watch the liberal leavers -- those for whom it really wasn't about immigration and who were potentially most open to pragmatic compromises -- sidle away from the sinking ship.
As Verizon tries to sidle away from an aging technology, I'm wondering what consumer protections apply.
I'd just like to sidle away, rather than be fanfared off.
Walter switched everything off, hopped out of the aircraft and snapped a smart salute, desperately hoping that a military bearing would provide enough cover for him and Lorne to sidle away. Then the pilot spoke to him in German.
As a practical matter, Wardlow will encourage recalcitrant citizens to appear at least somewhat responsive to police inquiries, rather than run, walk, sidle away, or tell the police, "Go to hell!"--despite the fact that the latter three options are theoretically protected by the Constitution.
It's odd that someone whose novels can be so much fun to read (Oranges makes me laugh out loud, and I've had people sidle away from me on the bus as though I were a crazy person about to start singing or screaming) can make reading sound like such a chore.