slink away(redirected from slunk away)
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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.