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

To advance in an unobtrusive, furtive, or coy way: At the train station, swindlers sidled up to the tourists.
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It was hard not to ask why, in narrative terms, the mummified hands that shoot lightning bolts at fir trees shouldn't have been paired with the stack of money in a nearby piece, or why the "retard" next to a water fountain couldn't sidle up to the Rolling Stones-style grinning mouth in another work.
Sidle up to the cherry wood bar and gaze upon the floor to-ceiling selection of wines, ports, cognacs and the like or hang back and hang back and watch Houston's beautiful people mingle on the dance floor.
The following week, they couldn't wait to get back to their own kind and sidle up to the Les Aspin-Bobby Inman story.
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.
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
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.