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slither along

1. To twist and undulate the body to propel the body forward. The snake slithered along on the hot sand, searching for bit of shade. We'll have to slither along on our bellies in order to avoid the tripwire surrounding the fortress.
2. To walk onward in a sliding motion, especially in a manner that makes others feel uneasy or distrustful. I ignored the sleazebag at the bar until he eventually slithered along to the next woman who caught his eye.
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slither over

1. To twist and undulate the body to propel the body across the top of something. The snake slithered over the hot sand, searching for bit of shade. We'll have to slither over the length of the field our bellies in order to avoid the tripwire surrounding the fortress.
2. To walk toward someone or something in a sliding motion, especially in a manner that makes others feel uneasy or distrustful. I could see the salesman start slithering over to us as soon as we paused to look at the used car. The sleazebag slithered over to the woman and plying her with lewd come-ons.
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slither away

1. To twist and undulate the body to propel the body away (from someone or something). I managed to swipe the snake with the broom, sending it across the yard where it promptly slithered away. There's tripwire laid over the entire field, so we'll have to slither away if we want to remain undetected.
2. To walk away (from someone or something) in a sliding motion, especially in a manner that makes others feel uneasy or distrustful. I curtly told the salesman I didn't need any assistance, and I smiled wryly to myself as I watched him slither away to a different customer. I just kept ignoring the sleazebag at the bar until he eventually slithered away.
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slither along

to slink or crawl along. The snake slithered along, unmindful of our presence. A pair of otters slithered along playfully.
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slither away

to sneak or crawl away, like a snake. The little lizards slithered away soundlessly. The snake slithered away while Maggie was still screaming.
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"The little snake may have escaped from a nearby address so if anyone is missing Officer Slither please let us know by calling Police Scotland on 101."
"It slithered near my late wife's beloved vase, which is of huge sentimental value to me and I was concerned it was going to knock it over and break it.
It can live for a month in a vehicle, according to the trooper, who knew someone who, for some reason, brought a snake into his car and it slithered into hiding.
IT'S SNAKES AND SHACKLES AT THE DORMAN MUSEUM: Some of the reptiles on show in the Slither exhibition and (below, right) museum assistant Dave Lane with one of the reminders of the evil slave trade
"Slither" begins briskly, gradually accelerates and eventually achieves a breakneck momentum that makes the wild ride even more exhilarating.
As soon as he Sprinkled her with holy water, according to Father Joseph, Janice blistered the air with profanity and threatened him with disembowelment; she tore open her dress, then threw herself to the floor and slithered around the room.
Imagine that you could slither wherever you needed to go, like a snake or a snail.
In addition to their work in zero gravity, the snakes could also slither on the surface on unexplored planets to take soil samples.
These snakes don't just slither. They also sail through the air!
Besides the "ick" factor of having even a harmless snake slither across your lap, there is the distraction factor.
THREE successive defeats have seen Atherstone Town slither further down the table and they go into tonight's home encounter with fourth bottom Uxbridge short on confidence.
The feisty, jealous and treacherous Tinkerbell (Ekaterina Mintals) becomes Tinkerballet - elfin-light among the powerful routines that characterise the evening as we follow Wendy and her brothers into an icy Slither Slither Land.
The snake was so full that it couldn't slither off the busy road, so firefighters had to haul it away.
Horrors like Koolhaas's absurdly writhing Chinese television headquarters in Beijing, Andreu's literally carbuncular National Theatre next to the Forbidden City, and P & T group's cardboard neo-fascist compositions slither off her pages.
5, "Horn and woodwinds unfold a series of perky little tunes...." In the Second Movement, "As this climax dies away trailing clouds of strings and horns, the woodwinds slither back in with sinister whirring scales." Hurwitz also gives attention to the spiritual ideas and the emotions embodied in Mahler's music.