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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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Warden," he added to that official, as the Convict slunk away, "in appointing you to this position, I was given to understand that your friends could make the Shikane county delegation to the next State convention solid for - for the present Administration.
Turning, he slunk away through the night, toward the distant forest.
For a moment they held their ground, bristling and defiant; but only for a moment, and then slunk away to one side while the indifferent ape-man passed them on his lordly way.
One after another they peered in, for nothing but their own eyes could persuade such ignorance as theirs, and one after another they slunk away. In his fiery eyes of scorn and triumph, you then saw Ahab in all his fatal pride.
They slunk away a few yards and squatted upon their haunches, hatred and baffled hunger gleaming from their savage eyes.
the eyes of the wolves were opened, and they knew him for one of the brethren who ruled over them, and slunk away at his bidding.
Da Souza slunk away before the fire in Trent's eyes, but he had no idea of going.
Had he merely stood over the meat, head up and glowering, White Fang would ultimately have slunk away. But the fresh meat was strong in Baseek's nostrils, and greed urged him to take a bite of it.
He looked dejectedly round, and slunk away; and, as he reached the door, the titterings of the paupers broke into a shrill chuckle of irrepressible delight.
If they were in the way the blacks pushed them roughly to one side, or whacked them with the flat of a sword, and the animals slunk away as in great fear.
He turned angry eyes upon the girl above him, voiced a single ominous growl, and slunk away toward the hills.
At sight of von Horn several of them rushed for him with menacing growls, but a swift crack of the bull whip brought them to a sudden realization of the identity of the intruder, so that they slunk away, muttering and whining in rage.
That I could escape the village I was not at all sure; but of one thing I was positive; that it would do neither Ajor nor myself any service to remain where I was and be captured; so with Nobs, bloody but happy, following at heel, I turned down the first alley and slunk away in the direction of the northern end of the village.
I sent the drink back but when the waiter returned, rather than give me an update, he simply slipped the glass onto the table and slunk away into the night, and that's the last I saw of him.
as they passed their domain, but when confronted with the 'shaking of an umbrella' quickly slunk away in dejected fear But the relationship between bicycles and Korean dogs ?