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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.
See also: sidle, someone, up
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.
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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.
See also: sidle, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sidle up

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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By the time cherry blossoms were in bloom the fare at the pump was already "as high as an elephant's eye," and looked like it would soon be "climbin' clear up to the sky." A barrel of oil, which went for less than $13 in 1998, was suddenly selling at $34, and everybody was predicting that sidling up to the pump this summer would cost us a record-breaking two bucks a gallon.
Storming the Gates would have been more accessible, and more fun to read, if it had been written with a title more like Sidling Up to the Gates and Peering In.
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Highlights included a merciless impression of Radio 1's excruciating middle-aged white (c)rap DJ Tim Westwood sidling up to Stephen Hawking's "cool wheels chair" with the immortal greeting: "Wassup Doc - looking good!"
And the tree frogs with them, barking out of the needles, the copperhead skirting rushes, sidling into the shallows - lay it down, they say, on the green stones beside this water.
The actress, 50, even made sure her make-up was pitch-perfect before sidling up to the Aussie cricketer at Dodger Stadium at the weekend.
Arlene Palmer, 38, was seen on CCTV sidling up to cars at night and slashing their tyres.
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Judge Michael O'Sullivan warned him, however: "There is to be no more sidling up to women in bus queues and touching them.
ANTON FERDINAND has been sidling up to West Ham's latest foreign import, Argentine Lionel Scaloni, asking for some Spanish lessons, as he's convinced Barcelona are about to swoop for his services.
Sidling up to him in her usual ludicrous state of undress, the Essex girl tried to get her picture taken with him.
You have to ask yourself whether what looked like a health hazardWhen I caught up with my pal Denise Van Outen, we couldn't miss a perfect photo opportunity, sidling up to a couple of American tourists.
The boxing champ and his brother Murad were at Monday night's garden party for the Laureus Sports Awards when we caught them sidling up to a flashy Merc.
Fresh from sidling up to Hugh Grant in Two Weeks' Notice, she will star with Ralph Fiennes in a love story called Vapor, which starts filming later this year.