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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sidle up

v.
To advance in an unobtrusive, furtive, or coy way: At the train station, swindlers sidled up to the tourists.
See also: sidle, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Despite prognostications to this effect, Sidles points out, "There is more print today than there has ever been in the history of the planet" (p.
WEARING a skimpy slip and blonde wig, Jane Seymour has lost none of her Bond girl appeal as she sidles up to Adam Sandler in his latest film.
Then, as the young man stands on the threshold of this longdreamt- of moment, and the years of hard work have come to fruition, up sidles the moneyman, buying his way in and promising greener pastures.
So how's that going to work when it sidles up to a hot chick at the zoo?
Sidles of the University of Washington in Seattle proposed that MRI might be pushed to make measurements on the nuclear scale (SN: 3/7/92, p.
If a little chap wearing a pinstripe kilt sidles up and tries to get into the shot when the photographers are jostling for position on the big night, give him a quick prod with your bow.
The nation winced when Deirdre seduced Dev, yet no one bats an eyelid when Peter sidles up to Tina, whispering sweet fagbreathed nothings in her ear.
At one point he flirtatiously sidles up behind the former Dynasty star and puts his arms around her waist to tie her apron.
Sidles of the orthopedics department at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle (SN: 3/7/92, p.150).
The heart which slips and sidles like a stream Weighed down by winter-wreckage near its source - But given time, and come the clearing rain, Breaks loose to revel in its proper course.
BEYONCE sidles up to Santa to give him her Christmas wish list at LA's Universal Studios.
Rugar and Sidles described progress toward this goal in separate presentations at this week's American Physical Society meeting, held in Seattle.
FAT CHANCE: Har sidles up to Kate; SNOG: Har gets Kate in a clinch
Chat: TFI FRIDAY: In the irreverent chat and music show, Ivana Trump sidles up to the ginger one Chris Evans to reveal what it takes to be famous.
"Sidles' idea is kind of revolutionary in the field [of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging]," says physicist Myer Bloom of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, who studied a related effect in the 1960s.