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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 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 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.
See also: away, sidle

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.
See also: sidle, up

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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On the opening day, as Parfett proudly surveyed the way the specially designed roof allowed natural light into every aisle, on retailer sidled up to him and said: "It was lucky how all the roof lights lined up with your shelving.
At the tee, the 61-year-old Snead sidled up to Stockton and ever-so-casually mentioned how he was a master of this hole, having birdied the 18th to beat Byron Nelson in 1945 and Ben Hogan in 1950.
As it is, they acquire a quirky prestige by virtue of their elevation, hefted up on stacks of thick spools or sidled onto flatbeds perched on wooden sawhorses, slouched in single file as if walking the plank.
The physical danger persistently tore one's attention from the theme of a man trying in vain to regain contact with a lost love (Patricia Tuthill), who sidled and circled beneath his iceberg.
Tony, who says he once had sex with FIVE women in one night after being mistaken for Cruise in a Leeds club, added:"""One young mum sidled up to me in a supermarket saying she wanted to rub double cream all over my body and lick it off.
Paris, who once described Kim's backside as "cottage cheese inside of a good trash bag" sidled up to the DJ and requested her 2006 hit Stars are Blind, to which she then jumped on a table and started to grind.
Anna Chapman" sidled up to power players while hobnobbing at society functions, charity events and book openings in slinky designer outfits.
But the 10-year-old sidled up to a cop and confessed that it was really him driving the van.
Was that a look of panic I saw on Andrew's face the other day on TV when Daisy sidled up to him?
In 2000, seductive line dancer Jolene sidled up to married Sid Perks, landlord of The Bull pub, and suggested they take a shower together - resulting in a steamy twominute sex session.
Senior strong safety Larry Atkins, who has the unenviable task of trying to stop Mitchell day in and day out at Spaulding Field, sidled up to his twitching teammate before the opening kickoff and said, ``Remember, Freddie, they don't know anything about you yet.
Since that time, WMT's SOIR has sidled lower somewhat, indicating that optimism is beginning to creep back into this indicator.
After an hour walking round in the rain, Brad sidled up to give us a hug in his hat, which has barely left his head all year.
Just minutes after waving goodbye to Cheryl on their first official night out together, Cole sidled up to Alexandra Taylor, 27, in the bar of a London nightclub.
But a friend who had heard about what he had done sidled up to the actor and asked in front of everyone: "Saved any lives recently, Curly?