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slink away

To leave or retreat in a quiet, sneaky, inconspicuous, or furtive manner. The would-be burglar slunk away after tripping the alarm. I knew the teacher wanted to lecture me about the poor results on my test, so I made a plan to slink away as soon as the bell rang. No matter who I'm rooting for, it always breaks my heart to watch the losing team slink away at the end of the game.
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slink away

to creep or slither away furtively. The fox slunk away, leaving the henhouse as quietly as such a thing is possible. I hope that the skunk will slink away as quietly as it came.
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slink away

Also, slink off. Depart furtively, as in The shoplifter slipped an item into his coat pocket and slunk away, or After that severe scolding, she slunk off. This term employs slink in the sense of "move stealthily," a usage dating from the late 1300s.
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However it really went down, whoever folded or stood up or took a stand or slinked away, this bill and its amendments passed because most of the members of the House - Republicans, overwhelmingly - wanted to add these ideas and policies to state law.
Here he presents a collage of eyewitness accounts describing battles and skirmishes between February 1780, when the British army landed in the state, and March 1878, when they slinked away so exhausted and decimated that even George Washington and his Continental Army were able to bring them to heel at Yorktown, Virginia.