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sneak preview

A viewing or attendance of something before it is ready to be shown or released to the general public. Film journalists across the state were invited to a sneak preview of the new blockbuster in Hollywood. During the interview, I was given a sneak preview of the latest sculpture she's been working on.
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sneak in(to some place)

To enter some place in a quiet, sneaky, inconspicuous, or furtive manner. The burglar snuck in without making a sound. Marty came sneaking into the classroom, late as usual.
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sneak out (of some place)

To exit some place in a quiet, sneaky, inconspicuous, or furtive manner. I managed to sneak out of the room without the teacher noticing me. I'll have to wait until my parents are asleep before I can sneak out can come meet you.
See also: out, sneak

sneak away (from some place)

To leave, depart, or move away from some place in a quiet, sneaky, inconspicuous, or furtive manner. I snuck away from the party when things started getting so rowdy. I'll distract them so you have a chance to sneak away.
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sneak around

1. To move around (some place) in a quiet, sneaky, inconspicuous, or furtive manner. Why are you sneaking around the back yard like that? Are you trying to hide something? I hate sneaking around like this, but I don't want Sarah to know what I'm planning for her birthday.
2. To move past or attempt to move past someone or something in a sneaky, furtive manner so as not to be noticed. We need to get into that warehouse, but I don't know how we're going to sneak around those guards.
3. To bypass or attempt to bypass the control or authority of some person, group, or thing. The giant corporation has been accused of sneaking around local and international tax laws through the use of illegal shell companies in tax havens around the world. They've been sneaking around the approval of the board with their research.
See also: around, sneak

sneak the sunrise past a rooster

To do something that is extremely difficult or nearly impossible. Primarily heard in US. Getting a shot past this talented goal keeper has been like sneaking the sunrise past a rooster for the opposing team.
See also: past, rooster, sneak

sneak up (on someone or something)

To approach someone or something in a sneaky, furtive manner so as not to be noticed. Don't sneak up on me like that—you frightened the life out of me! We don't want the guards to see us, so we'll need to sneak up from the back.
See also: sneak, someone, up

sneak up to (someone or something)

To creep up to or alongside someone or something in a secretive or inconspicuous manner so as not to be seen or noticed. I snuck up to the window to see what was going on inside the building. She snuck up to the man and slipped a note into his bag.
See also: sneak, up

sneaks

slang A shortening of "sneakers." My parents thought it was a little classless wearing sneaks on my wedding day, but I told them they were just too old-fashioned. Hey, watch the sneaks, man! I just bought them!
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sneak around (some place)

to move about a place in a sneaky or stealthy fashion. Please don't sneak around the house. It makes me nervous. Please stop sneaking around!
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sneak around someone or something

 
1. Lit. to creep around or past someone or something. The cat sneaked around Molly and ran out the door. We had to sneak around the corner so we wouldn't be seen.
2. Fig. to circumvent the control or censorship of someone or some group. I think we can sneak around the board of directors and authorize this project ourselves. Yes, let's sneak around the board.
See also: around, sneak

sneak away (from some place)

to go away from a place quietly and in secret. Jeff tried to sneak away from the party, but Judy saw him. They sneaked away together.
See also: away, sneak

sneak in(to some place)

to enter a place quietly and in secret, perhaps without a ticket or permission. The kids tried to sneak into the rock concert, but they were stopped by the guards. Never try to sneak in. Sometimes they arrest you for trespassing.
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sneak out (of some place)

to go out of a place quietly and in secret. I sneaked out of the meeting, hoping no one would notice. Jamie saw me and sneaked out with me.
See also: out, sneak

sneak up on someone or something

to approach someone or something quietly and in secret. Please don't sneak up on me like that. I sneaked up on the cake, hoping no one would see me. someone did.
See also: on, sneak, up

sneak up to someone or something

to move close to someone or something quietly and in secret. I sneaked up to Don and scared him to death. Don sneaked up to the punch bowl and helped himself before the party began.
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sneak preview

An advance showing of something, as in It was supposed to be bad luck but she gave the bridegroom a sneak preview of her wedding gown . This expression originated in the 1930s for a single public showing of a motion picture before its general release, and in succeeding decades was transferred to other undertakings.
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a ˌsneak ˈpreview

an opportunity to look at or watch something, for example a book or a film/movie, before it is shown to the public: She gave me a sneak preview of her latest painting.
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sneak around

v.
1. To move or operate in some place furtively or surreptitiously: The security guard caught the thief sneaking around the office after closing.
2. To do something without someone's knowledge, especially to engage in romantic relationships: I suspect her husband has been sneaking around. I think his wife was sneaking around on him.
See also: around, sneak

sneak up

v.
1. To move or operate furtively or surreptitiously toward someone: The thief sneaked up behind the tourists and stole their luggage.
2. sneak up on To approach suddenly and surprisingly: The first day of spring sneaked up on me and I still hadn't gone skiing yet. Don't sneak up on me like that!
See also: sneak, up

sneak

n. a sneak preview of a movie. There was a good sneak at the Granada last night.

sneaks

n. sneakers. She wore red sneaks and a mini.
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sneak the sunrise past a rooster

Attempt something that's impossible, or be slick enough to do something by stealth. This predominantly Southern expression was famously used by California Angels first baseman Joe Adock, who said that “trying to sneak a pitch past [Atlanta Braves hitting great] Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.”
See also: past, rooster, sneak
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In the letter, militants who have sneaked into the valley are referred to as Osama.
Other villagers teamed up and headed towards the granny's homestead after she sneaked out and reported the matter to them.
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The thief sneaked in through an unlocked back door and took the purse containing pounds 30 from the woman's back bedroom.
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The visitors produced a thoroughly efficient performance and with more luck might have sneaked the verdict.
Some of the outlawed goods are sneaked hidden in detergents.
The accused told the court that he was too drunk when he sneaked into his ex-girlfriend's room at night and set her shoe on fire.
But a thief sneaked in and stole car keys from the house and then used the keys to steal a Corsa parked on the drive and other items including a Samsung TV, Nintendo games console, Dell laptop, Kodak camera and jewellery including a wedding ring.
In a recent interview with Us Magazine, the former Playboy bunny had revealed how she lived with Hugh Hefner and sneaked sex away from the Playboy Mansion.
MADONNA refused to pay a pounds 45,000 hotel bill after a TV crew sneaked into her suite and filmed her loo, it is claimed.
TWO cars were stolen from Coventry streets by thieves who sneaked into homes and took the keys.
TWO pupils at Scotland's oldest boarding school were expelled and four suspended after they sneaked out to get boozed up at a party.
Grant Eggleston sneaked into the back of a house in Wearhead Drive, Sunderland, after distracting the householder.
Three Kenyans have sneaked into Somalia to join the al Shabaab, police have said.