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slink around

to creep or slither around furtively. The cat slunk around, waiting for a chance to get at the bird. Don't slink around like that. Someone is likely to take you for a robber.
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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 in(to something)

to creep into something. The cat slunk into the hallway and lay down in the middle of the floor. I left the door ajar and a cat slunk in.
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slink off

to creep away furtively. Carl was embarrassed and tried to slink off, but the ushers spotted him. The boys slunk off from the picnic and smoked some cigarettes.
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slink out (of some place)

to creep out of some place furtively. The fox slunk out of the henhouse just as the farmer came out. It slunk out and got away.
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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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She fought to the front of the crowd and was about to go into nurse mode before remembering she had no medical training whatsoever and slinking off.
Swathed in a black velvet dress, tottering on huge heeled wedges and slinking around the stage she took on the guise of a stalking Morticia Adams.
Heche, 40, who had dated comedian Ellen Degeneres, is seen in one scene slinking around on a leather chair dressed only in lingerie as she opens her legs Sharon Stone-style from 'Basic Instinct', reports the Sun.
Edgar spots a big, nasty black tail slinking off under the castle walls and maids have started disappearing, with only their boots being discovered.
Taking it easier were judges Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh - spotted slinking out of a London bar at 5am on Friday.
BARKING MAD: The dozy pooch wanders in front of the speeding cyclists; WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE: Burghardt is thrown from his bike as he hits the dog RUCKAS PICTURES; SLINKING FEELING: The labrador leaves with his tail between his legs
I was the vamp in Souvenirs, with a skin-tight dress and slinking all about--a marvelous role.
Neither actor is capable of stillness, and the first-act battle - oft interrupted - in Maggie and Brick's room - finds Mudge, in a revealing pink slip, creeping and slinking over every square inch of John Arnone's set.
And Gramps don't have much use for those who come slinking out of the woodwork gripped by the guilts after the fact, either.
Whenever a visitor entered the gallery, five employees slowly spread out across the room by slinking along the walls, and, while facing the wall, began declaiming in English.
The worm wiggles along, stretching and slinking, stretching and slinking.
Norman's layout is magnificent, slinking between the soaring sand dunes perched above Doughmore Bay.
Therefore, slinking this commonly mutated cancer gene to the control of cell cycle arrest and apoptosis following DNA damage has provided invaluable insights into mechanisms of tumor development in humans.
Pushing aside the Antonioni ennui that made her famous, Vitti is utterly delicious as Modesty, slinking through more costume and wig changes than Norma Shearer had in Marie Antoinette.
Slinking up wickedly after the group is the nasty, dastardly villain, Fargo Fink, played by .