sidle away (from someone or something)

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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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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.
By thus alerting us to the textual focus of the seven essays (to which each of the editors has contributed two) in this slim and horribly over-priced volume, they make their excuses and sidle away from the debate on new literary history which has so engaged recent analysts of cultural and racial issues and their literary representation.