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.
See also: away, sidle
References in classic literature ?
Winkle tried to get nearer him, the more he sidled away; and, notwithstanding all kinds of coaxing and wheedling, there were Mr.
The woman who was not my wife sidled away. I didn''t blame her.
"I started watching matches early on, but then sidled away and did a bit of media work which kept me occupied.
McCain now mourns is the one he sidled away from as his own party weakened and killed it.
He squeezed the lady's hand and smiled as she sidled away, puzzled.