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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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This much is clear by now: The BIR only bullies small taxpayers but slinks away from duking it out with corporate leviathans that can afford to hire high-priced lawyers to give it the runaround.
New York, October 24 ( ANI ): A new creation called the 'Living Wallet', which slinks away from you or spin around to dodge your hand when you reach for it, has been designed to discourage impulse spending.
Thankfully, Tom Hardy's electronic vocals have been improved since the early trailers for the film so his masked villain is largely intelligible and Anne Hathaway slinks away from Michelle Pfeiffer's memorable portrayal of Catwoman but still purrs some choice one-liners.
Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in midstrike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.
Whether he fights back or slinks away to count his cash is uncertain.
When faith in Jesus becomes more a business as usual than an opportunity to inspire and be inspired by others who regularly reach out to the poor, the hungry, the needy and others as Matthew 25:31-46 requires us to do, it is no wonder that membership shrinks and slinks away.
The loved-up couple don't notice poor Gary - also wearing red - who slinks away when they start smooching.
When the guy is finished, he pulls up his boxers and slinks away into another room, disappearing as quickly as he arrived.
She states that something "grabs hold of your dusty words / shaking up, pinning down, shoving aside," then slinks away softly when it is satisfied.
Finally Elsa slinks away in desert brown like her coat.
Volpone, who will be executed if he turns out not to be dead, slinks away penniless.