sidle up


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sidle up (from someone or something)

To move gradually, inconspicuously, or surreptitiously up to or toward someone or something. As soon as you step foot in the city center, panhandlers begin sidling up looking for handouts. She sidled up to me with a sultry look in her eyes.
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sidle up (to someone or something)

to move close to someone or something cautiously or furtively; to move closer to someone or something gradually. Tex sidled up to Dolly and said howdy in a soft, shy voice. Dolly sidled up and picked the cowboy's pocket.
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sidle up

v.
To advance in an unobtrusive, furtive, or coy way: At the train station, swindlers sidled up to the tourists.
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Her debut album is a sly delight, another taste of the rare voice summoned on her early singles as the balmy tropical grooves sidle up beside your ears rather than swiping you off your feet.
Sometimes even grown-ups sidle up to them and ask for a photograph with their arms around these god-like figures - it's all gone completely mad.
It may not sidle up and down Gateshead Quays ( at least not while anyone's watching ( but who's to say city buildings will always be rooted to the spot.
If the females are interested they allow males to sidle up to them.
Sometimes even grown-ups sidle up to them and ask for their photographs with their arms around these god-like figures - It's all gone completely mad!
With no one to schmooze, she was forced to sidle up to Big Brother loser Alex Sibley, who'd also pitched up on his own.
KICK back, pour a long cold brew and sidle up to the warm inviting embrace of high-grade hippy hip-hop.