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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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References in classic literature ?
Look at things as they really are, and you will see that the clever unjust are in the case of runners, who run well from the starting-place to the goal but not back again from the goal: they go off at a great pace, but in the end only look foolish, slinking away with their ears draggling on their shoulders, and without a crown; but the true runner comes to the finish and receives the prize and is crowned.
One dared to menace him with a blow, but Jerry, instead of slinking away, showed his teeth and prepared to spring.
The legal gentleman being by this time rather giddy and perplexed in his ideas (for this was one of the operations of the tobacco on his nervous system), took the opportunity of slinking away into the open air, where, in course of time, he recovered sufficiently to return with a countenance of tolerable composure.
With the "best people" indicted, fired or slinking away and with an array of fine candidates willing to lead our country with integrity and respect, let's unite in working toward a brighter future for all children.
Obviously, those prosecutors are slinking away from any discussion on double jeopardy, which might delay, derail and defeat President Duterte's wish to jail Trillanes as fast as possible.
He arranges to meet up but is stunned to see his date is none other than former Corrie resident Jenny Bradley, last seen slinking away from Weatherfield more than 20 years ago.
''I'll be here tomorrow, and I'll be sober,'' the man promised forlornly, before slinking away with his son.
Scrapper was about to follow the others in when he realised Alun was slinking away by himself.
According to Butcher, instead of England celebrating a victory parade, they will have to see Australia return back thinking that they do not have as much to worry about the return series as they initially thought, instead of slinking away with their tail tucked between their legs.
No one knows with certainty how David Crockett died, but popular versions have him swinging his trusted rifle, "Old Betsy," over his head, fighting to the bitter end, while another "version" has him slinking away like a coward, escaping, only to turn up four years after the battle in the mines of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Instead, he plumped on spending just 45 minutes at Brawn's championship-winning bash before slinking away to his hotel.
Confession: a four-hour baroque oratorio, even one by Handel, was not a particularly enticing prospect and I had thought of slinking away during the second interval.
But now, in his team's first outing since slinking away from Belgium shell-shocked, Mazza is confident San Marino won't slump so spectacularly again.
Swaisgood estimates that perhaps 1 in 10 face-offs ends with the snake slinking away. However, all the fuss seems to put the rest of the colony on snake alert.
But by slinking away from the culture war, he left the way clear for the political faction that believes sex is evil while usury, exploitation, and pollution are just sound management principles.