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.
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References in classic literature ?
The two men were bent over the sled and trying to right it, when Henry observed One Ear sidling away.
Ukip has collapsed in the polls and Farage himself is sidling away from his old party.
Sidling away from goal he stooped and thundered a header that was straight at Searle but so powerful the goalie could only touch it on to the bar.
All technique, gallons of surgery gloop, and not an atom of soul anywhere." Geri Halliwell was spotted whistling tunelessly and surreptitiously sidling away...
Barnaby catches a figure sidling away from the church, who claims he was bird-watching at the time of the killing - but is there a connection between him and the murdered singer?
If social institutions like welfare offices and police departments and industrial personnel divisions seem to serve more as obstructions or occlusions--especially since not having a name makes government assistance all but impossible--the response will not be violent resistance but a discreet sidling away into the more anonymous spaces appreciated by drunkards, wanderers, and musicians.