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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.
See also: away, slink

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.
See also: off, slink

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.
See also: out, slink

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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I slunk back to the studios to be told: 'Don't worry, Mottie, it's unlikely anyone in Britain will have noticed' - but I was mortified.
Peace was restored but just hours later it was 33-year-old Vicky who slunk off to the neighbouring hotel for a night.
It was an anemic smear, it didn't hurt Antonio, and justly ashamed, the mystery pollsters slunk off into the night.
So in 1923 she slunk, resigned, into Gunta Stolzl's weaving workshop ("fate put into my hands limp threads") and stuck with fabric for the rest of her life.
Ford Motor (F) is having quite an impact on auto-parts makers today, as both Visteon (NYSE:VC) and Delphi (DPH) have slunk lower on the news.
They pair slunk back into their taxi, looking glassy-eyed, after celebrating the band's fourth birthday at Mahiki club in London's West End.
A mountain lion was spotted in a Chatsworth backyard Saturday afternoon, but the cat slunk away without incident, police said.
Short interest also slunk two percent higher over the most recent reporting period to 12.
It seems Cedric the snake has slunk off rather than participate in the climactic scene in which Cleopatra, played by Mirren, commits suicide by pressing a snake to her bosom to administer a fatal bite.
The stock was rejected once again by resistance at the 25 level and has slunk lower under resistance at its 10-day and 20-day moving averages.
The bulky forward slunk away to a chorus of guffaws, cheers and roars of "rumbled
In addition, the number of NWL shares sold short slunk 15 percent lower over the past month to 7.
Many people would have slunk off into the shadows if they had endured what this modest young man suffered.
After an hour inside, Madge and 'Im Indoors slunk home for an early night.