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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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The Danish choreographer slinks into gigantic animal lunges and then collapses into paper-doll narrowness.
Backed by members of the now-disbanded Big Chief, Davis slinks reverently through a cover of Stevie Wonder's ``You Haven't Done Nothin','' but is more convincing on originals that survey various points on the blues-soul-funk spectrum, from traditional balladry (``Cry'') to a soul-shout throwback (``Come Go With Me'').
He slinks around as if he's John Wayne but he's just a big softie.
Nothing distracts from the swell and shimmer of the sleek blue surface that slinks enticingly through the gloom and dourness of the city.
As movement slinks body to body across national borders, how do the distinctions shift between Western and non-Western, traditional and contemporary, folk and the-atrical forms?
Petronio slinks and slides and slithers with a fluid articulation that undermines a first impression of inspired improvisation.
We must make do instead with the Dance in America excerpt from Tzigane in which he slinks about her, coldly clicking his heels together as he goes.